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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, Bubba, L, Coelho, J, Kwiatkowska, R, Cloke, R, King, S, Rajan-Iyer, J, Courtney-Pillinger, M, Beck, CR, Hope, V, Lamagni, T, Brown, CS, Jermacane, D, Glass, R, Desai, M, Gobin, M, 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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