ICD-10-CM Code Z22.33

Carrier of bacterial disease due to streptococci

Version 2020 Non-Billable Code

Not Valid for Submission

Z22.33 is a "header" nonspecific and non-billable code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of carrier of bacterial disease due to streptococci. The code is NOT valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

ICD-10:Z22.33
Short Description:Carrier of bacterial disease due to streptococci
Long Description:Carrier of bacterial disease due to streptococci

Consider the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity:

  • Z22.330 - Carrier of Group B streptococcus
  • Z22.338 - Carrier of other streptococcus

Code Classification

  • Factors influencing health status and contact with health services (Z00–Z99)
    • Persons with potential health hazards related to communicable diseases (Z20-Z29)
      • Carrier of infectious disease (Z22)

Code History

  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016
    (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020

Information for Patients


Streptococcal Infections

Strep is short for Streptococcus, a type of bacteria. There are several types. Two of them cause most of the strep infections in people: group A and group B.

Group A strep causes

  • Strep throat - a sore, red throat. Your tonsils may be swollen and have white spots on them.
  • Scarlet fever - an illness that follows strep throat. It causes a red rash on the body.
  • Impetigo - a skin infection
  • Toxic shock syndrome
  • Cellulitis and necrotizing fasciitis (flesh-eating disease)

Group B strep can cause blood infections, pneumonia and meningitis in newborns. A screening test during pregnancy can tell if you have it. If you do, intravenous (IV) antibiotics during labor can save your baby's life. Adults can also get group B strep infections, especially if they are 65 or older or already have health problems. Strep B can cause urinary tract infections, blood infections, skin infections and pneumonia in adults.

Antibiotics are used to treat strep infections.


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