K kingae infection after hand, foot, and mouth disease

July 1, 2015

Investigators in France reported on 9 children aged from 10 to 45 months with hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) who developed Kingella kingae osteoarticular infections.

Investigators in France reported on 9 children aged from 10 to 45 months with hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) who developed Kingella kingae osteoarticular infections-K kingae being the primary cause of such infections in young children. Analysis of joint aspirations in these children also showed the presence of coxsackievirus-A6, a predominant causative agent of HFMD. Investigators noted that because HFMD virus initially replicates in the oropharynx, oropharyngeal interplays at mucosal surfaces between some HFMD virus, K kingae strains, and host cells might promote invasive infections (El Houmami NE, et al. Pediatr Inf Dis J. 2015;34[5]:547-548). 

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