An epidemic of penicillin-tolerant group A streptococcal pharyngitis in children living in a closed community: mass treatment with erythromycin Academic Article uri icon


  • Materials and Methods Population. This kibbutz is a small settlement located at an oasis near the Dead Sea. It is inhabited by 589 persons. The age range at the time of the epidemic was from two months to 80 years. Five hundred and seventy-seven persons (98%) were< 50 years of age, 255 (43% o) were< 18 years of age, and 170 (29%) were< 13 years of age. Of the 334 adults (> 18 years of age), 150 (45%) worked in industry, tourism, and various other jobs; 34 (10% 0) in agriculture; and 61 (18%) were teachers at schools or day care centers. Eighty-nine adults were living outside the kibbutz at the time of the epidemic (mainly soldiers and students). All infants and children spend the entire day in small groups with assigned teachers or caretakers, but they stay with their parents during the night. Meals are prepared in a common kitchen and are served in a common dining room. Bacteriologic studies …

publication date

  • January 1, 1987