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The bacteriology of infected skin lesions was studied in paediatric outpatients. Thirty-nine untreated lesions were studied: 37 (95%) grew beta haemolytic streptococci (46% group A, 3% group B, 23% group C, 26% group G), 21 (54%) grew Staphylococcus aureus and 13 (33%) grew Corynebacterium haemolyticum. No attempt was made to selectively isolate Corynebacterium diphtheriae in this study. Vincent's organisms were seen in 13 (37%) of 35 gram stains from untreated lesions, including eight (73%) of 11 tropical ulcers. Twenty-three (92%) of the 25 strains of S. aureus isolated from untreated sores were resistant to penicillin.


Journal article


P N G Med J

Publication Date





83 - 87


Child, Corynebacterium Infections, Humans, Papua New Guinea, Pyoderma, Scabies, Skin, Skin Diseases, Infectious, Skin Ulcer, Staphylococcal Infections, Streptococcal Infections, Wound Infection