How has morbidity of group A streptococci (GAS) infection changed since the widespread use of antibiotics?

Updated: Sep 07, 2018
  • Author: Zartash Zafar Khan, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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In the preantibiotic era, streptococci frequently caused significant morbidity and were associated with significant mortality rates. However, in the postantibiotic period, diseases due to streptococcal infections are well-controlled and uncommonly cause death. GAS can cause a diverse variety of suppurative diseases and nonsuppurative postinfectious sequelae. (See Pathophysiology, Etiology, Prognosis, and Treatment.)


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