Group A Streptococcus (GAS)

Group A streptococcus (GAS) is a bacteria that is often found in the throat and on the skin of people. GAS is most often associated with “strep throat” and impetigo (blisters on the skin). On rare occasions, GAS can cause severe, life-threatening illness like toxic shock syndrome and necrotizing fasciitis (flesh eating disease).

As part of the Emerging Infections Program, Active Bacterial Core Surveillance Project (ABCs), population-based surveillance of GAS has been ongoing in Minnesota since 1995.

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Updated Thursday, 10-Apr-2014 11:59:25 CDT