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Volume 14, Number 5—May 2008

CME ACTIVITY

Invasive Group A Streptococcal Disease in Nursing Homes, Minnesota, 1995–2006

Medscape, LLC is pleased to provide online continuing medical education (CME) for this journal article, allowing clinicians the opportunity to earn CME credit. Medscape, LLC is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide CME for physicians. Medscape, LLC designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsT. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. All other clinicians completing this activity will be issued a certificate of participation. To participate in this journal CME activity: (1) review the learning objectives and author disclosures; (2) study the education content; (3) take the post-test and/or complete the evaluation at http://www.medscape.com/cme/eid; (4) view/print certificate.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the risk factors for invasive group A streptococcal (GAS) disease
  • Compare the incidence of invasive GAS disease among persons >65 years of age with that of the general population in the United States
  • Identify factors most likely to contribute to GAS outbreaks in nursing homes
  • Describe the case-fatality ratio of GAS disease among older patients
  • Describe the pattern of invasive GAS disease in nursing homes

Editor

D. Peter Drotman, MD, Editor-in-Chief, Emerging Infectious Diseases. Disclosure: D. Peter Drotman, MD, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

CME Author

Désirée Lie, MD, MSEd, Clinical Professor, Family Medicine, University of California, Orange; Director, Division of Faculty Development, UCI Medical Center, Orange, California. Disclosure: Désirée Lie, MD, MSEd, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

Authors

Jean Rainbow, RN, MPH, Emerging Infections Program, Minnesota Department of Health, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA; Brenda Jewell, Emerging Infections Program, Minnesota Department of Health, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA; Richard N. Danila, PhD, Emerging Infections Program, Minnesota Department of Health, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA; David Boxrud, MS, Emerging Infections Program, Minnesota Department of Health, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA; Bernard Beall, PhD, Respiratory Diseases Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Chris Van Beneden, MD, MPH, Respiratory Diseases Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Ruth Lynfield, MD, Emerging Infections Program, Minnesota Department of Health, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

Disclosures: Jean Rainbow, RN, MPH; Brenda Jewell; Richard N. Danila, PhD; David Boxrud, MS; Bernard Beall, PhD; Chris Van Beneden, MD, MPH; and Ruth Lynfield, MD, have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

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