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Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology
Volume 21, Issue 3, Pages 115-118
Paediatric Infectious Disease Notes

Invasive Group A Streptococcal Disease: Management and Chemoprophylaxis

UD Allen and DL Moore

Canadian Paediatric Society, Infectious Diseases and Immunization Committee, Canada

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Given the potentially devastating consequences of severe invasive group A streptococcal disease, attention has been directed toward the role of chemoprophylaxis and the optimization of management strategies. In response to this issue, Canadian guidelines were previously developed. However, the uptake of these recommendations is variable across Canada. The present document summarizes key components of the recommendations for use by Canadian physicians. The importance of penicillin in the treatment of group A streptococcal disease is reaffirmed, and the role of clindamycin is discussed. In addition, in situations in which chemoprophylaxis may be considered, the preferred agents are summarized.