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The distribution of T- and M-protein antigens was determined in 12,469 cultures of Streptococcus pyogenes sent to a reference laboratory. Of these 7232 (58%) were isolates from hospital patients, 249 (2%) from hospital staff and 4988 (40%) from the community. The survey extended from January 1980 to June 1987. During this time the numbers of isolates of(More)
A total of 16,909 cultures of Streptococcus pyogenes (Lancefield group A) isolated in Britain during 1980-90 were examined for T- and M-protein antigens. One or other M antigen was detected in 92.6% of the strains. The numbers of isolates of some serotypes, such as M3 and M12, did not show great variation from year-to-year, whereas there were nationwide(More)
BACKGROUND AND DESIGN Although the association between streptococcal infection and guttate psoriasis is well known, to date there has been little information on whether only limited groups and/or serotypes of beta-hemolytic streptococci are involved. One hundred eleven patients with a sudden onset or deterioration of psoriasis were investigated for evidence(More)
An epidemic of late-onset sepsis due to type Ib/c group B Streptococcus (Ib/c-GBS) occurred in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). During a seven-week period, five very low birth weight infants (index cases [ICs]) more than four weeks of age became bacteremic. Bacteriologic surveillance of neonates revealed persistent colonization in three ICs and(More)
Cultures of Streptococcus equisimilis (Lancefield group C) from three outbreaks of illness were found to carry the T-protein antigen 204. Strains of this type were not otherwise represented in a collection of 743 cultures of these 'pyogenes-like' streptococci isolated from other outbreaks of infection or as random isolates. Two of the three outbreaks were(More)
  • G. Colman
  • 1988
A two-stage typing scheme in routine use in this laboratory is described. The strains of group B streptococci (GBS) are first serotyped and then, if necessary, phage-typing is performed. Serotyping lacks discrimination because almost 40% of strains handled carry either the Ia/c or III/R antigens. On the other hand, the typability rate with phages is less(More)
Thirty Streptococcus faecalis isolates from mixed dental plaque samples were classified into four groups on the basis of biotype, tetracycline susceptibility, phage type and serotype combinations. The organisms were from patients on haemodialysis, from staff of the dialysis unit, and from controls. Three biotypes were distinguished by seven biochemical(More)
The type distribution of pneumococci isolated from 462 patients was determined. In this survey type 1 strains were the most numerous but type 14 and type 18 caused the most infections in children under five years of age. The most common infections were pneumonia, meningitis or septicaemia. Possible pre-disposing causes included a history of heavy drinking,(More)