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Prevalence of Fusobacterium necrophorum in persistent sore throat samples

IN BRIEF: Br J Biomed Sci 2002; 68(4); 209-210

SL Price*, S Hardy, P Gale, GP Basten*

*School of Allied Health Sciences, De Montfort University, Leicester, LE1 9BH, UK
Microbiology Department, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester



Fusobacterium necrophorum is a non-spore-forming obligate anaerobe and a Gram-negative pleomorphic bacillus. It is thought to spread by human-to-human transmission via close contact, with a peak in the late teens to early-20s. Not surprisingly, it appears to be responsible for 10% of all cases of acute sore throat, 21% of recurring sore throat and 23% of peritonsillar abscess. However, the main pathogenic organism isolated from throat swabs in the UK is group AStreptococcus.[Contd]

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