Following a diagnosis of acute glomerulonephritis (AGN) in their 6 year-old child, the parent’s remark: “We just don’t know how he caught the disease!” The nurse’s response is based on an understanding that

  • The illness is usually associated with chronic respiratory infections

  • The disease is easily transmissible in schools and camps

  • It is not “caught” but is a response to a previous Bhemolytic strep infection

  • AGN is a streptococcal infection that involves the kidney tubules