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Volume 6, Number 6—December 2000

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Nontoxigenic Corynebacterium diphtheriae: An Emerging Pathogen in England and Wales?

Mark Reacher*Comments to Author , Mary E. Ramsay*, Joanne White*, Aruni De Zoysa*, Androulla Efstratiou*, Gina Mann*, Andrew Mackay†, and Robert C. George*
Author affiliations: *Public Health Laboratory Service, London, United Kingdom; †Greenwich District General Hospital, Vanbrugh Hill, London, United Kingdom

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Table 1

English and Welsh patients with sore throats whose throat swabs yielded nontoxigenic Corynebacterium diphtheriae, 1995 and 1996

Male patients
Female patients
Not recorded
Total
Clinical Setting No. % No. % No. % No. %
General practice 50 52 98 74 3 38 151 63
Outpatients 15 15 9 7 1 13 25 11
GUM clinica 11 11 0 0 1 13 12 5
Inpatients 8 8 6 5 0 0 14 6
Other 2 2 5 4 0 0 7 3
Not recorded 11 11 15 11 3 38 29 12
All settings 97 100 133 100 8 100 238 100

aGUM = genitourinary medicine.

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