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A community outbreak of group A beta haemolytic streptococci with transferable resistance to erythromycin

  • R. J. D. Scott (a1), J. Naidoo (a2), N. F. Lightfoot (a1) and R. C. George (a2)

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Erythromycin resistance amongst group A streptococci (GAS) in Great Britain is a relatively rare occurrence and outbreaks have been sporadically reported. Over an 8-month period in 1986 ten associated cases occurred in the town of Bridgwater in Somerset. Isolates were group A, type M4 and resistant to erythromycin (MIC 8 mg/l) but sensitive to lincomycin and clindamycin. Erythromycin resistance was transferable from all isolates to a group A recipient strain. No plasmid DNA could be detected in the original isolates or transconjugants.

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A community outbreak of group A beta haemolytic streptococci with transferable resistance to erythromycin

  • R. J. D. Scott (a1), J. Naidoo (a2), N. F. Lightfoot (a1) and R. C. George (a2)

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