Definition: A species of gram-positive, coccoid bacteria isolated from skin lesions, blood, inflammatory exudates, and the upper respiratory tract of humans. It is a group A hemolytic Streptococcus that can cause SCARLET FEVER and RHEUMATIC FEVER.
infection: coordinate IM with STREPTOCOCCAL INFECTIONS (IM); note entry term BACTERIA, FLESH-EATING: consider also FASCIITIS, NECROTIZING; DF: STREP PYOGENES
See AlsoPicibanil; Streptolysins
Other names Streptococcus Group A; Flesh-Eating Bacteria; Bacteria, Flesh-Eating