A bacterium known as Streptococcus pyogenes is what causes the commonly contracted disease of Strep Throat.

Group A streptococcus (GAS) includes multiple diseases and Strep Throat is among their number. While there have been documented cases of waterborne and foodborne transmission it is rare and most cases are transmitted from person-to-person through respiratory droplet spread and nasal discharge. ** that occurs when coughing, kissing, or eating off utensils and drinking from cups as well as nasal discharge from sneezing or wiping noses.

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Strep Throat affects people of all ages, though children and the elderly are generally the most susceptible to contracting communicable diseases. Common signs and symptoms of Strep Throat can include the following: red and swollen tonsils that may have streaks of puss or white patches, swollen lymph nodes on neck, a sore throat, pain when swallowing, fever, headache, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, and petechiae, which are tiny, red spots in the mouth located on the soft or hard palate.


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