Journal Article

Varicella-Associated Invasive Group A Streptococcal Disease in Alberta, Canada—2000–2002

Gregory J. Tyrrell, Marguerite Lovgren, Bertha Kress and Karen Grimsrud

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 40, issue 7, pages 1055-1057
Published in print April 2005 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online April 2005 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/428614
Varicella-Associated Invasive Group A Streptococcal Disease in Alberta, Canada—2000–2002

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We determined the incidence of invasive group A streptococcal (GAS) disease among children ⩽14 years of age in Alberta, Canada, with a focus on infections associated with varicella. During 2000–2002, there were 71 cases of invasive GAS disease among patients in this age group. Fourteen cases occurred in children with varicella (19.7%), for an annual incidence of 0.73 varicella-associated cases per 100,000 children. Necrotizing fasciitis was not noted in patients with invasive GAS disease and varicella.

Journal Article.  1777 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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