Published in Medical Letter on the CDC and FDA, March 23rd, 1998
It said 89 cases of group A streptococcus had been reported in the state since December 1, 1998.
Doug McBride, Health Department spokesman, said the state usually has only 80 to 100 cases a year, with an average of seven resulting in death. The latest case was a five-year-old Houston, Texas, boy who died on March 1, 1998.
The bacteria is the same that causes "strep throat" and is treatable with antibiotics if caught in time.
The cause of the outbreak was not known, McBride said,...
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