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Group A Streptococcal Infections

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Group A streptococcal (GAS) infections can range from a mild skin infection or a sore throat to severe, life-threatening conditions. Most people are familiar with strep throat, which along with minor skin infections, is the most common form of the disease. Health experts estimate that more than 10 million mild infections (throat and skin) occur every year.

GAS infections include

They also include severe, life-threatening strep infections such as

  • Bacteremia (bacteria in the blood)
  • Toxic shock syndrome
  • Necrotizing fasciitis (commonly called flesh-eating disease)

Last Updated November 08, 2013