Bacteraemia Due to Different Groups of Beta-Haemolytic Streptococci: A Two-Year Survey and Presentation of a Case of Recurring Infection Due to Streptococcus "Equisimilis"

Infection. Nov-Dec 1993;21(6):358-61. doi: 10.1007/BF01728913.


We present a 2-year survey of bacteraemic episodes due to beta-haemolytic streptococci and a case of recurring infection due to group C streptococcus, Streptococcus "equisimilis". We found 53 episodes of bacteraemia with beta-haemolytic streptococci. Group A was the most common, followed by groups B, G and C. The proportion of nosocomial cases was the same in all four groups i.e. 24% (neonatal cases excluded). The clinical picture presented by groups C and G streptococcal cases was indistinguishable from that caused by group A streptococci, but patients with group G bacteraemia were older than patients with group A bacteraemia. Obvious clinical foci were more common in group A than group G cases. Disregarding neonatal cases, most patients had predisposing conditions. There was no difference in foci of bacteraemia, predisposing factors, treatment and outcome of disease. The overall mortality was 25%.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Bacteremia / microbiology*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cross Infection / microbiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Recurrence
  • Streptococcal Infections / microbiology*
  • Streptococcus / isolation & purification*