Group A streptococcal emm type prevalence among symptomatic children in Cape Town and potential vaccine coverage.

The molecular epidemiology of group A streptococcal pharyngeal infections in children in the Vanguard Community of Cape Town revealed 26 emm types among 157 isolates from 742 subjects. Coverage of a 30-valent vaccine is predicted to be 95% of pharyngitis cases in this population at high risk of rheumatic fever.