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September 1994

Group A β-Hemolytic Streptococci and Erythromycin

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1994;148(9):997. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1994.02170090111033

The article by Bass et al1 in the January 1994 issue of the Archives discussed the decline of erythromycin resistance of group A β-hemolytic streptococci (GABHS) in Japan.

The "Conclusions" section in the abstract states, "Comparison with similar studies worldwide shows that erythromycin susceptibility of GABHS in Japan is now among the lowest in the world...."1(p67)

Obviously, the title of the article correctly reflected that erythromycin resistance is now among the lowest in the world, and the text also gives data supporting this. However, the statement in the "Conclusions" section is exactly the opposite of the title and of the text.