Risk Factors for Streptococcal Group A invasive disease
Risk factors discussion:
Invasive disease: elderly, immunosuppressed,
persons with chronic cardiac or respiratory disease, diabetes,
skin lesions (i.e. children with varicella [chicken pox],
intravenous drug users) African-Americans, American Indians.
Noninvasive disease: children (especially elementary school
age) at highest risk. (Source: excerpt from Group A Streptococcal (GAS) Disease: DBMD)
About risk factors:
Risk factors for Streptococcal Group A invasive disease are factors that do not seem
to be a direct cause of the disease,
but seem to be associated in some way.
Having a risk factor for Streptococcal Group A invasive disease
makes the chances
of getting a condition higher but does
not always lead to Streptococcal Group A invasive disease.
Also, the absence of any risk factors
or having a protective factor does not necessarily
guard you against getting Streptococcal Group A invasive disease.
For general information and a list of risk factors,
see the risk center.