Scarlet fever has revealed unusual high infection rates in Hong Kong this year. So far, 466 children have been infected and 2 of them have died. Scarlet fever is caused by Streptococcus pyogenes, a gram-positive pathogen that can be transmitted via skin wounds and airborne droplets.
According to the guidance of Hong Kong Center for Disease Control (HK CDC), Hong Kong University (HKU) and their partners today released the draft genome sequence of the S. pyogenes strain that was isolated from a scarlet fever patient.
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