Serious streptococcus infections is the theme of a major EU project to be coordinated and led by researchers from Lund University. Associate Professor Claes Schalen and researcher Aftab Jasir, both at the Department of Medical Microbiology, Dermatology, and Infections, Section for Bacteriology, are the coordinator and project leader, respectively. Group A streptococci (GAS) are also called killer bacteria since serious GAS infections can develop with dramatic rapidity.
“Since the late 1980s we have seen serious GAS infections increase all over Europe. In Sweden we now have 300-500 cases per year. We are not certain about the cause of these infections. One possible explanation is that the population used to have a certain degree of immunity against these bacteria,” says Claes Schalen.
GAS infections often appear as tonsillitis or impetigo. Before the advent of antibiotics scarlet fever and rheumatic fever were feared diseases following these infections. But these complications are now rare in the western world since GAS is treatable with penicillin and infections with these bacteria can therefore be curbed.
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