Multiple ecthyma outbreaks caused by a single clone of Group A Streptococcus Academic Article uri icon


  • Background: Ecthyma, an ulcerated form of impetigo, is usually caused by Group A Streptococcus (GAS). Objective: To describe three ecthyma outbreaks that occurred in different special forces units in the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) from October 2004 through February 2005. The need for prophylactic antibiotic treatment will also be discussed. Methodology: The soldiers were examined and samples from ecthyma sores, pharynx and anterior nares were cultured. Serological T typing and genetic emm-typing was performed …

publication date

  • November 1, 2006