We’ve learned earlier that the flesh-eating illness is not caused by a virus but by a bacteria (or is it bacterium?), now lets learn more about this bacteria, the Group A Streptococcus or GAS. From the Center for Disease Control:.
What is group A streptococcus (GAS)?
Group A Streptococcus is a bacterium often found in the throat and on the skin. People may carry group A streptococci in the throat or on the skin and have no symptoms of illness. Most GAS infections are relatively mild illnesses such as “strep throat,” or impetigo. Occasionally these bacteria can cause severe and even life-threatening diseases.