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Ongoing outbreak of invasive and non-invasive disease due to group A Streptococcus (GAS) type emm66 among homeless and people who inject drugs in England and Wales, January to December 2016

Bundle, N and Bubba, L and Coelho, J and Kwiatkowska, R and Cloke, R and King, S and Rajan-Iyer, J and Courtney-Pillinger, M and Beck, CR and Hope, V and Lamagni, T and Brown, CS and Jermacane, D and Glass, R and Desai, M and Gobin, M and Balasegaram, S and Anderson, C (2017) Ongoing outbreak of invasive and non-invasive disease due to group A Streptococcus (GAS) type emm66 among homeless and people who inject drugs in England and Wales, January to December 2016. Eurosurveillance, 22 (3). ISSN 1560-7917

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Abstract

We report an outbreak of invasive and non-invasive disease due to an unusual type of Streptococcus pyogenes(group A Streptococcus, emm66) among a vulnerable, largely homeless population in southern England and Wales, detected in September 2016. Twenty-seven confirmed cases were subsequently identified between 5 January and 29 December 2016; 20 injected drugs and six reported problematic alcohol use. To date, we have ruled out drug-related vehicles of infection and identified few common risk factors.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Science & Technology; Life Sciences & Biomedicine; Infectious Diseases; INFECTION; USERS; CARE; UK
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Public Health Institute
Publisher: European Centre for DIsease Prevention and Control
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Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2017 09:13
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2017 09:13
DOI or Identification number: 10.2807/1560-7917.
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6769

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