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Volume 8, Number 4—April 2002


Invasive Group A Streptococcal Infections, Israel

Allon E. Moses*Comments to Author , Sara Goldberg†, Zinaida Korenman‡, Miriam Ravins†, Emanuel Hanski†, Mervyn Shapiro*, and the Israeli Groupfor the Study of Infections Caused by Streptococcus pyogenes1
Author affiliations: *Hadassah University Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel; †Hebrew University Medical School, Jerusalem, Israel; ‡Ministry of Health Streptococcal Reference Laboratory, Jerusalem, Israel;

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Table 2

Clinical characteristics of invasive GAS infections: comparison of the national cohort to the Jerusalem cohort, 1997–1998

Disease National cohort % Jerusalem cohort %
Soft tissue infectiona 272 67 88 66
Primary bacteremia 57 14 11 8.3
Pneumonia 14 3.4 4 3
Postpartum 10 2.4 6 4.5
Arthritis 8 2 1 < 1%
Lymphadenitis 6 1.5 2 1.5
Chickenpox 5 1.2 5 3.8
Meningitis 5 1.2 2 1.5
Peritonitis 5 1.2 4 3
PID 5 1.2 1 < 1%
Osteomyelitis 4 < 1% 2 1.5
Others 14 3.4 5 3.8
Unknown 4 < 1%
Total 409 100 133 100

aSoft tissue infection includes 35 patients with abscesses, 14 with necrotizing fasciitis, and 10 with burns. PID = pelvic inflammatory disease.

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1Israeli Group for the Study of Infections Caused by Streptococcus pyogenes: V. Agmon, A. Mates, Ministry of Health Streptococcal Reference Laboratory; E. Ambun, Barzilai Hospital, Ashkelon; E. Azam, French Hospital, Nazareth; S. Berger, Y. Igra, Ichilov Medical Center, Tel Aviv; I. Boldur, A. Itzhaki, Assaf Haroffe Hospital, Zriffin; N. Chashan, R. Finkelstein, Ramban Hospital, Haifa; Y. Glick, Laniado Hospital, Natanya; R. Gutman, M. Dan, Wolfson Medical Center, Holon; E. Halperin, Bikur Cholim Hospital, Jerusalem; M. Kaupstein, D. Chasin, Hillel Yaffe Hospital, Hedera; N. Keller, Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer; R. Kolodney, R. Raz, Haemek Hospital, Afula; A. Lefler, Naharia Hospital; D. Lev, M. Efros, Carmel Hospital, Haifa; A. Linben, Poryia Hospital, Tiberias; M. Maayan, M. Chovers, Meir Hospital, Kfar Saba; A. Miskin, Z. Landau, Kaplan Hospital, Rehovot; I. Moskovitz, Hasharon Hospital, Petah Tiqva; G. Rahav, D. Engelstein, Hadassah Medical Center, Jerusalem; Z. Samra, A. Bushara, Rabin Medical Center, Petah Tiqva; I. Sarugo, I. Potesman, Bnei Zion Hospital, Haifa; Y. Schlezinger, B. Rodensky, D. Atias, Share Zedek Hospital, Jerusalem; M. Shechter, Ziv Hospital, Zafat; and P. Yagupsky, Soroka Medical Center, Beer Sheva

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