Group A Beta-Hemolytic Streptococcal Pharyngitis in Inmates

Sonya R. Hardin, James R. Steele

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An initial attack of group A beta-hemolytic streptococcal (GAS) pharyngitis is observed in approximately 5% to 26% of adults in the late teens or early 20s. Correctional professionals need to understand the pathophysiology of the disease, signs and symptoms, diagnostic data and treatment protocols, and compliance issues to prevent the transfer of infection among inmates. Spread of the bacteria can occur through direct contact with mucus from the nose or throat and can be prevented through good hand washing. This article presents a classic case of an inmate presenting with GAS pharyngitis and the interventions employees of correctional facilities can practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)216-223
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Correctional Health Care
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • correctional health
  • GAS
  • group A beta-hemolytic streptococcal pharyngitis
  • infection control
  • inmate health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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