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Is flesh-eating bacteria (Streptococcus pyogenes) related to strep throat?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

The common bacteria that can develop into flesh-eating bacteria is in the same family of bacteria as the bacteria that causes strep throat (Streptococcal pharyngitis). These bacteria are classified as group A Streptococcus. Strep throat is considered a mild illness from this group, while flesh-eating bacteria cause severe illness.

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