PMID: 393963Jan 1, 1979Paper

Identification of beta-hemolytic streptococci isolated from hospitalized children in Baghdad

Microbiology and Immunology
N Al-Hindawi, A Al-Shibib


Two hundred and twenty four hospitalized children in Baghdad aged between 1 month and 10 years were examined for Streptococcal infections. Thirty-four percent of the throat and saliva specimens were positive for beta-hemolytic streptococci. Males were more susceptible to infection with group A streptococci than females. Streptococcus of group A was isolated from 39.5% of the positive cases while group G was 47.4%. The etiological significance of the latter group in tonsillitis and otitis media is to be further investigated. Ninety six percent of the isolated streptococci were T typable and 13.3% of the strains were M typable. A high frequency of type T-11 was found in streptococcal infections. T type 3875 was found to be a new provisional type. All isolates were M untypable, and antiopacity factor negative except for two isolates of T type 4 which were positive in both typings.


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