Musser and his team particlularly studied the M28 strain of group A streptococcus, which is said to be causing invasive cases of infection and childbed fever
. The M28 is regarded as one of the top five group A streptococcus strains that are causing serious complications among patients all over the world.
After all, Ignaz Semmelweis' suggestion in 1847 that hand washing could dramatically reduce deaths from childbed fever
was also seen as hooey by the medical establishment.
Ignaz Semmelweis never lived to say "I told you so" to all his doctor colleagues in the mid 1800s when he was the lone zealous champion of hand washing as a way to prevent "childbed fever
." After hand washing became accepted but before antibiotics were invented, eight mothers died for every 1,000 births.
The etiology, the concept, and the prophylaxis of childbed fever
Yildirim, I., Ceyhan, M., Cengiz, A.B., Bagdat, A., Barin, C., Kutluk, T., et al. (2008). A prospective comparative study of the relationship between different types of ring and microbial hand colonization among pediatric intensive care unit nurses
I was in bed with a heavy cold and a hot-water bottle, feeling sorry for myself as the rest of the family had gone to the beach, when the title of a slim volume on the shelf beside the bed caught my eye: The Tragedy of Childbed Fever
by Irvine Loudon (2000).
Based on a true story, Rebecca Abrams' debut novel Touching Distance (Pan Macmillan, pounds 12.99) is inspired by Alexander Gordon, an 18th century doctor in Aberdeen, when the city was in the grip of puerperal fever, or childbed fever
Many young, healthy women were delivering normal babies and stricken several days later with a malady referred to as puerperal sepsis or childbed fever
. (8,11) Symptoms were described as rapid onset of fever, rash, purulent uterine discharge, convulsions and, in a very high percentage of cases, death.