LB9. Rising High Rate of Invasive Group A Streptococcus Infections Among Persons Experiencing Homelessness in San Francisco, 2010–2017
Session: Oral Abstract Session: Late Breaker Oral Abstracts: Emerging Infections
Friday, October 5, 2018: 2:20 PM
Room: S 152-154
Background: Rates of invasive group A Streptococcus (iGAS) disease in the United States (U.S.) have risen since 2014; reasons remain unclear. Outbreaks of iGAS infection among persons experiencing homelessness (PEH) and persons who inject drugs in Europe, Canada, and the U.S. have been described. Using active, population-based surveillance data from California’s Emerging Infections Program, we describe incidence trends and characteristics of iGAS infection among PEH and persons not experiencing homelessness (PNEH) in San Francisco (SF) County during 2010–2017.

Methods: We defined an iGAS case as infection with GAS isolated from a normally sterile site (e.g., blood) in an SF resident. We calculated annual iGAS disease incidence rates (cases per 100,000 population) for PEH and PNEH using denominators from SF’s Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing and the State of California Department of Finance. Demographic, clinical, and exposure characteristics of PEH and PNEH were compared by chi square or t-test.

Results: We identified 673 iGAS cases in SF during 2010–2017. Among these, 34% (229/673) were among PEH. Annual iGAS incidence among PEH rose from ~300 (2010–2014) to 547 (95% CI: 379-714) per 100,000 in 2017 (P <.001, Cochran-Armitage trend test); rates peaked at 758 (95% CI: 561-955) in 2016. Annual iGAS incidence in PNEH rose from a mean of 5 in 2010–2013 to 9.3 (95 % CI: 7.3-11.4) per 100,000 in 2017, (P <.001). Annual iGAS incidence in PEH was 42-72 times that in PNEH. PEH with iGAS infections were significantly younger and more likely to be male, white, and uninsured or enrolled in Medicaid (p<0.05 for each) compared to PNEH with iGAS disease. Case fatality ratios, ICU admission, infection type and length of hospital stay did not differ significantly. Smoking, current injection drug use, current alcohol abuse, and AIDS diagnosis were significantly more common among PEH with iGAS. Obesity, diabetes and cancer were significantly more common among PNEH with iGAS.

Conclusion: In San Francisco, iGAS rates among both PEH and PNEH have risen significantly. Incidence of iGAS is strikingly higher in PEH than in PNEH and exposures differed between PEH and PNEH with iGAS. This information could inform development of disease control and prevention strategies.

Tara Scheuer, MPH1, Tanya Libby, MPH1, Chris Van Beneden, MD, MPH2, James Watt, MD, MPH3, Arthur Reingold, MD4, Mirasol Apostol, MPH1 and Duc Vugia, MD, MPH3, (1)California Emerging Infections Program, Oakland, CA, (2)Respiratory Diseases Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, (3)California Department of Public Health, Richmond, CA, (4)School of Public Health, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA


T. Scheuer, None

T. Libby, None

C. Van Beneden, None

J. Watt, None

A. Reingold, None

M. Apostol, None

D. Vugia, None

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