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Bacteria in Children's Throats Found Strongly Associated with Bone and Joint Infections

05:02 EDT 5 Sep 2017 | Genetic Engineering News

Two pediatric centers, one in Canada and the other in Switzerland, have shown that  Kingella kingae  found in children's throats is linked to bone and joint infections with the same bacterium. Their study ("Association between oropharyngeal carriage of  Kingella kingae  and osteoarticular infection in young children: a case–control study") appears in CMAJ  ( Canadian Medical Association Journal ) . "  Kingella kingae  has been increasingly identified in patients with osteoarticular infections. Our main objective was to evaluate the association between carriage of  K. kingae  in the oropharynx of preschool children and osteoarticular infections," write the investigators. "Detection of oropharyngeal  K. kingae  was strongly associated with osteoarticular infection among children presenting with symptoms suggestive of such infection." Bone and joint bacterial infections are particularly dangerous in children with the potential for severely hampering long-term mobility and causing death. Most infections were thought to be caused by  Staphylococcus ,  Streptococcus,  and  ...

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