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In Brief: Ibuprofen and Group A Streptococcus

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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Ibuprofen and Group A Streptococcus: Seattle-King County Department of Public Health in conjunction with the Seattle Children's Hospital has issued a warning to area physicians to avoid using NSAIDs in children with chicken pox, "particularly where there is a suspicion of local complications," a King County press release states. Since December 1993, the hospital has treated 11 children with chicken pox who came down with necrotizing fasciitis, otherwise known as the flesh-eating bacteria. Eight of the 11 children had taken ibuprofen, a Children's Hospital spokesperson said. Doctors attending the children suspect that the NSAID may have accelerated the disease process in the children, according to the release. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention said it is investigating the matter...

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