Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

WHO/IVB/05.12

The current evidence for the burden of group A streptococcal diseases

This is one of a series of papers that review the clinical importance of group A streptococcal diseases, possible control strategies, prevention by vaccination and a possible role of WHO. This review conducts a systematic review into diseases caused by group A streptococcus and summarizes the global disease burden estimates. It looks into the quality of data, its limitations and advocates for better quality studies especially from neglected regions of the world.

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