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Editor's Correspondence
September 22, 2003

Group A Streptococcal Pneumonia

Arch Intern Med. 2003;163(17):2101. doi:10.1001/archinte.163.17.2101-a

Muller et al1 recently presented an interesting account of the descriptive and clinical epidemiology of group A streptococcal (GAS) pneumonia in Ontario, Canada. My colleagues and I recently completed a population-based retrospective study of invasive GAS infections in the state of Florida (population in 2000, 15 658 227).2,3 A total of 257 cases of invasive GAS infection were identified. These cases comprised patients who were hospitalized throughout Florida between August 1996 and August 2000 and were reported to the Florida Department of Health. In our cohort, 43 patients (17%) had GAS pneumonia.2

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