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Outbreak of group A streptococci in a burn center: use of pheno- and genotypic procedures for strain tracking.

Outbreak of group A streptococci in a burn center: use of pheno- and genotypic procedures for strain tracking.

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Outbreak of group A streptococci in a burn center: use of pheno- and genotypic procedures for strain tracking. P Gruteke , A van Belkum , L M Schouls , W D Hendriks , F A Reubsaet , J Dokter , H Boxma and H A Verbrugh Regional Public Health Laboratory, Zuiderziekenhuis, The Netherlands. ABSTRACT In a burn center, an outbreak of group A streptococci (GAS) colonizations involving 13 patients and two staff members occurred. Adverse events due to GAS, loss of skin graft after initial take (secondary loss) and partial take, occurred in patients who underwent surgery before the colonization was detected. GAS isolates from nine patients and one staff member were stored and subsequently pheno- and genotyped by T serotyping, gas chromatography, M genotyping, and random amplified polymorphic DNA typing. The outbreak was caused by two types of GAS, identified as T4/28-M48 and T13-M77 by T serotyping and M genotyping. Random amplified polymorphic DNA typing and gas chromatography distinguished both clusters accurately. One subcluster indicated by gas chromatography could be linked to the acquisition of GAS from a roommate. The T13-M77 cluster was characterized by rapid spread through the center compared with the T4/28-M48 cluster. One patient contracted the T13-M77 strain while in protective isolation, indicating a role for staff members in the transmission. Our standard GAS control policy, consisting of twice weekly screening of all burned patients and immediate isolation and treatment, proved efficacious in preventing further spread of GAS. Reporting by staff members of signs and symptoms compatible with GAS infection was reenforced. CiteULike Connotea Delicious Digg Facebook Google+ Mendeley Reddit StumbleUpon Twitter What's this? « Previous | Next Article » Table of Contents This Article J. Clin. Microbiol. January 1996 vol. 34 no. 1 114-118 » Abstract PDF Services Email this article to a colleague Similar articles in ASM journals Alert me when this article is cited Alert me if a correction is posted Similar articles in this journal Similar articles in Web of Science Similar articles in PubMed Alert me to new issues of JCM Download to citation manager Reprints and Permissions Copyright Information Books from ASM Press MicrobeWorld Citing Articles Load citing article information Citing articles via Web of Science Citing articles via Google Scholar Google Scholar Articles by Gruteke, P. Articles by Verbrugh, H. A. Search for related content PubMed PubMed citation Articles by Gruteke, P. Articles by Verbrugh, H. A. Related Content Load related web page information Social Bookmarking CiteULike Connotea Delicious Digg Facebook Google+ Mendeley Reddit StumbleUpon Twitter What's this? current issue December 2011, volume 49, issue 12 Alert me to new issues of JCM About JCM Subscribers Authors Reviewers Advertisers Inquiries from the Press Permissions & Commercial Reprints ASM Journals Public Access Policy JCM RSS Feeds 1752 N Street N.W. • Washington DC 20036 202.737.3600 • 202.942.9355 fax • journals@asmusa.org Print ISSN: 0095-1137 Online ISSN: 1098-660X Copyright © 2011 by the American Society for Microbiology. For an alternate route to JCM .asm.org, visit: http://intl- JCM .asm.org | More Info» var gaJsHost = (("https:" == document.location.protocol) ? "https://ssl." : "http://www."); document.write(unescape("%3Cscript src='" + gaJsHost + "google-analytics.com/ga.js' type='text/javascript'%3E%3C/script%3E")); var pageTracker = _gat._getTracker("UA-5821458-10"); pageTracker._trackPageview();
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