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A Prospective Study of Intrafamilial Oropharyngeal Transmission of Kingella Kingae

Kampouroglou, Georgios MD*; Dubois-Ferrière, Victor MD*; De La Llana, Rebecca Anderson MD*; Renzi, Gesuele MS; Manzano, Sergio MD; Cherkaoui, Abdessalam PhD; Schrenzel, Jacques MD†§; Ceroni, Dimitri MD*

Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal:
doi: 10.1097/INF.0000000000000104
Brief Reports

To evaluate the intrafamilial oropharyngeal transmission of Kingella kingae, we conducted a prospective study among pairs of siblings. We found that 55% of children who suffered from osteoarticular infections due to K. kingae, and 40% of asymptomatic carriers of K. kingae had siblings with positive oropharyngeal carriage.

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From the *Pediatric Orthopedic Service;†Clinical Microbiology Laboratory, Service of Infectious Diseases; Pediatric Emergency Division; and §Genomic Research Laboratory, Service of Infectious Diseases, University Hospitals of Geneva, CH-1211 Geneva 14, Switzerland.

Accepted for publication September 25, 2013.

The authors have no funding or conflicts of interest to disclose.

Address for correspondence: Georgios Kampouroglou, MD, Service of Pediatric Orthopedics, Department of Child and Adolescent, University Hospitals of Geneva, 6, rue Willy Donzé, 1211 Geneva 14, Switzerland. E-mail:

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