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  • Cytotoxins Contribute to Virulence of Deadly Epidemic Bacterial Infections
    Beginning in the mid-1980s, an epidemic of severe invasive infections caused by Streptococcus pyogenes (S. pyogenes), also known as group A streptococcus (GAS), occurred in the United States, Europe, and elsewhere. The general public became much more aware of these serious ...More
    4 weeks ago Posted in News
  • CDC Offers Information on Scarlet Fever
    Scarlet fever results from group A strep infection. If your child has a sore throat and rash, their doctor can test for strep. Quick treatment with antibiotics can protect your child from possible long-term health problems. Scarlet fever – or scarlatina – is a ...More
    January 23, 2017 Posted in News
  • Manipulating Signals in Bacteria Could Reduce Illnesses
    The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy has received a five-year, $1.25 million federal grant to continue its research into how bacteria that cause streptococcal infections can be manipulated. By studying the chemical signals of bacteria, Michael Federle, ...More
    January 12, 2017 Posted in News
  • Strep Spreads by Harnessing Immune Defenses of Those Infected
    The bacteria that cause most cases of pneumonia worldwide secrete a toxin that helps them jump from one body to the next - with help from the hosts' immune defenses. This is the finding of a study led by researchers from NYU Langone Medical Center and published online Jan. ...More
    January 11, 2017 Posted in News
  • Biochemists' Discovery Could Lead to Vaccine Against Necrotizing Fasciitis
    Biochemists at the University of California San Diego have uncovered patterns in the outer protein coat of group A Streptococcus that could finally lead to a vaccine against this highly infectious bacteria--responsible for more than 500,000 deaths a year, including toxic ...More
    September 6, 2016 Posted in News
  • Flesh-Eating Infections in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Spur New Discovery
    Rheumatoid arthritis patients taking medications that inhibit interleukin-1beta (IL-1beta), a molecule that stimulates the immune system, are 300 times more likely to experience invasive Group A Streptococcal infections than patients not on the drug, according to University ...More
    August 22, 2016 Posted in News
  • Scientists Sharpen View of Gene Transfer Between Pathogenic Bacteria
    Bacteria possess the ability to take up DNA from their environment, a skill that enables them to acquire new genes for antibiotic resistance or to escape the immune response. Scientists have now mapped the core set of genes that are consistently controlled during DNA uptake ...More
    April 20, 2016 Posted in News
  • Scientists Identify 'Hypervirulent' Strain of Strep in the Southwest
    The Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) has helped state, local and tribal health officials identify an outbreak of "hypervirulent" strep bacteria in the American Southwest. Identified in Flagstaff, Ariz., from January to July 2015, this outbreak of the emm59 ...More
    March 21, 2016 Posted in News
  • Study Offers New Insights Into Group A Streptococcus
    One bacterial pathogen is responsible for a range of diseases, from pharyngitis and impetigo to more severe diagnoses such as toxic shock syndrome and necrotizing fasciitis (flesh eating disease), a serious bacterial skin infection that spreads quickly and kills the body's ...More
    January 28, 2016 Posted in News
  • CDC Offers Information on Scarlet Fever
    Scarlet fever – or scarlatina – is a bacterial infection caused by group A Streptococcus or "group A strep." This illness affects a small percentage of people who have strep throat or, less commonly, streptococcal skin infections. Scarlet fever is treatable with ...More
    January 20, 2016 Posted in News
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