What is the global incidence of group A streptococcal (GAS) infections?

Updated: Sep 07, 2018
  • Author: Zartash Zafar Khan, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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The Strep-EURO program, which analyzed data gathered from 11 participating countries, investigated the epidemiology of severe S pyogenes disease in Europe during the 2000s. A crude rate of 2.46 cases per 100,000 population was reported in Finland; 2.58 per 100,000 population, in Denmark; 3.1 per 100,000 population, in Sweden; and 3.31 per 100,000 population in the United Kingdom.

In contrast, the rates reported in more central and southern countries―the Czech Republic, Romania, Cyprus, and Italy―were substantially lower (0.3-1.5 per 100,000 population), although this was attributed to poor microbiologic investigative methods in these countries.


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