Rate of carriage of group A (beta) haemolytic streptococci

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.6998.193 (Published 15 July 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:193
  1. Robert Ditchburn,
  2. Janet Ditchburn
  1. General practitioner General practitioner Dale End Surgery, Danby, Whitby, North Yorkshire YO21 2JE

    EDITOR,--During the publicity last year about necrotising fasciitis the media frequently stated that 10% of the British population carry group A β haemolytic streptococci.1 Textbooks give a figure of 5-20%.2 3

    We tested whether these figures apply to a rural population by taking throat swabs from 310 well people during 12 …

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