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The many faces of group A streptococcus: “flesh eating bacteria” (includes video)

The “flesh eating bacteria” is actually a relatively rare bacterial infection technically known as necrotizing fasciitis.

The most common organism that causes this devastating disease is Streptococcus pyogenes (group A strep), however other bacteria have been implicated (Clostridia and Vibrio for example).


It’s called “flesh eating bacteria” because of how it destroys the skin and soft tissue.












 
 

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