B–Haemolytic Streptococcal Carrier Among School Age Children


Aim of the study: To determine the incidence of the carrier of group AB-haemolytic Streptococci among healthy school age children.Study design: The study was conducted at Saddam Central Teaching Hospital for children from January 1998 to May 1998. One hundred asymptomatic healthy child accompany their mother in the outpatient department included in this study , their age range between 6-12 years , from different resident areas , rural , urban , & sub uraban.Throat swab was taken , & culture done for isolation of B-haemolytic Streptococci.Results: The percentage of carrier of B-haemolytic Streptococci was twenty four percent (24%). More male than female with high incidence in the age between 8-12 years .There is an obvious effect of socioecconomic state & resident area , also the time of the year when sample was taken .The incidence of carrier also increase if the child has previous history of recurrent pharyngitis .Keywords: B-hemolytic streptococci, Carriers, School children