Circulating serotypes and antimicrobial sensitivity of Streptococcus pyogenes isolates from children in Cyprus

M. Koliou, Y. Ioannou, Androulla Efstratiou, N. Hannidou, V. Pieri, M. Alexandrou, E. S. Soteriades

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Abstract

The most common T-serotypes among group A streptococci (n = 88) isolated from pharyngeal samples of children referred to a tertiary hospital in Cyprus for pharyngitis or scarlet fever during a 14-month period (2003-2004) were T28 (25%), T8/25/Imp19 (22.7%) and T12 (9.1%). All 88 isolates were sensitive to penicillin and clindamycin, but 1.1% and 18.2% of isolates were resistant to erythromycin and tetracycline, respectively. Macrolide consumption was estimated at 1.7 defined daily doses/1000 inhabitants/day. The low percentage of resistance to macrolides may have been related, at least in part, to the low consumption of macrolides.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)645-647
Number of pages3
JournalClinical Microbiology and Infection
Volume13
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2007

Keywords

  • Antibiotic resistance
  • Cyprus
  • Erythromycin
  • Group A streptococci
  • Macrolide consumption
  • T-serotypes

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