Upper respiratory tract spread of group B streptococci type I b in a kindergarten

Scandinavian Journal of Infectious Diseases
K K ChristensenH Thimansson

Abstract

In a kindergarten with 42 children and 17 female staff members, an epidemic of group B streptococcal carriage in the upper respiratory tract occurred. In the middle of February 1978, 6 children and 5 adults carried type I b streptococci in the throat while only 2 of these 11 were carriers 2 weeks later. Only one other streptococcus, belonging to type II, was found in the throat specimens. Five strains other than type I b were found in the urogenital tract of the staff. Three type I b throat carriers were also urogenital carriers of this type. The spread of type I b streptococci could have resulted from co-spreading with other upper respiratory tract pathogens found, including group A streptococci of type 12. Haemophilus influenzae, Branhamella catarrhalis and pneumococci. Estimation of antibodies with radiolabelled protein A indicated an immune response to type I b, but not to types I a, II or III group B streptococci in the staff compared with healthy blood donors.

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Related Concepts

Immune Response
Cockayne Syndrome
Other Streptococcus Infection in Conditions Classified Elsewhere and of Unspecified Site
Haemophilus influenzae
Meningitis, Haemophilus
Entire Upper Respiratory Tract (Body Structure)
Streptococcus
Upper Respiratory Tract
Group B Streptococcal Pneumonia
Staphylococcal Protein A

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