Kingella kingae organisms isolated from the blood of 3 children with invasive infections were identical by pulsed field gel electrophoresis and random amplified polymorphic DNA-polymerase chain reaction analysis to those recovered from the patients’ pharynx, demonstrating the likely role of upper respiratory tract colonization in the pathogenesis of the disease caused by this bacterium.
From the *Clinical Microbiology Laboratory and †Pediatric Infectious Diseases Unit, Soroka University Medical Center, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Negev, Beer-Sheva; and ‡Central Laboratory, Maccabi Health Care Services, Rehovot, Israel.
Accepted for publication June 26, 2008.
Address for correspondence: Pablo Yagupsky, MD, Clinical Microbiology Laboratory, Soroka University Medical Center, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Negev, Beer-Sheva 84101, Israel. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.