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Study: 1 in 5 sore throats tied to potentially dangerous bacteria

from HealthDay News

A potentially deadly bacteria is responsible for one in five sore throats in young adults, a new study suggests. Patients with this bacteria — Fusobacterium necrophorum — can get negative results on a strep test, but be at risk of an abscess that blocks the airway, researchers report. In this study of young people aged 15 to 30, researchers found that more than 20 percent of the sore throats were caused by F. necrophorum — more than the number caused by group A streptococcal bacteria. more


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