Group a Streptococcus in Pets and Group A Streptococcal Disease in Man.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO
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The purpose of this study was to determine if there was an increased prevalence, based on bacterial isolation, of Group A Streptococcus in pets from households with streptococcal upper respiratory tract disease as compared to houeholds without streptococcal disease. Eighty households in which upper respiratory tract disease due to Group A Streptococcus had been diagnosed in one or more household members were studied. One hundred four pets from these 80 households were bacteriologically examined and the prevalence of Group A Streptococcus was 2.88 3104. There was no statistical difference between the prevalence rate of Group A Streptococcus in these two groups of pets. Although these results did not reveal a significant association between Group A Streptococcus in man and pets in the same household, it can not be concluded that the family pet does not serve as one of the possible sources of Group A Streptococcus in human beings.