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Tetracycline-resistant Beta-haemolytic Streptococci in South-west Essex: Decline and Fall

Br Med J 1973; 4 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.4.5884.84 (Published 13 October 1973) Cite this as: Br Med J 1973;4:84
  1. M. H. Robertson

    Abstract

    The prevalence of tetracycline-resistant beta-haemolytic streptococci in South-west Essex has been recorded over the past 10 years. It has fallen from a peak of 35% in 1965 to a level of 9·2% in 1972. Ear infections no longer provide the highest incidence of these organisms; vaginal, perineal, and skin infections now seem to be of greater relative importance but throat swabs still provide the greatest actual number of isolations. Erythromycin-resistant strains are still rare.