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Volume 24, Number 2—February 2018

Clinical and Molecular Epidemiology of Staphylococcal Toxic Shock Syndrome in the United Kingdom

Hema Sharma, Debra Smith, Claire E. Turner1, Laurence Game, Bruno Pichon, Russell Hope, Robert Hill, Angela Kearns2, and Shiranee Sriskandan2Comments to Author 
Author affiliations: Imperial College, London, UK (H. Sharma, D. Smith, C.E. Turner, S. Sriskandan); MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences, London (L. Game); Public Health England, London (B. Pichon, R. Hope, R. Hill, A. Kearns)

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Table 1

Clinical characteristics of staphylococcal toxic shock syndrome cases, United Kingdom, 2008–2012*

Characteristics All patients, n = 180† Menstrual, n = 70 Nonmenstrual, n = 107 p value
Median age, y (IQR)
19.0 (9.0–38.3)
21.5 (17–35.3)
15.0 (1–43.5)
Sex, no. (%)
F 128 (71.1) 70 (100) 55 (51.4) 0.0001§
M 51 (28.3) 0 51 (47.7)
1 (0.9)

Deaths, no. (%) 9 (5.0) 4 (5.7) 5 (4.7) 0.74§

*Boldface indicates a statistically significant result, p<0.05. IQR, interquartile range.
†3 patient isolates not assigned as menstrual or nonmenstrual due to lack of clinical data
‡Mann-Whitney U test comparing menstrual and nonmenstrual TSS cases.
§Fisher exact test comparing menstrual and nonmenstrual TSS cases.

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1Current affiliation: University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK.

2These authors contributed equally to this article.

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