Group A streptococcus (GAS), causes "strep throat," the most common bacterial cause of inflammation and soreness of the back of the throat (pharyngitis). This strep throat test can identify the presence of this bacterium as the cause of a sore throat.
While most sore throats are caused by a virus and will resolve without treatment within a few days, 5-15% of adults and 20-30% of children with sore throats have strep throat. It is important that these bacterial strep infections be promptly identified and treated with antibiotics. Strep throat is contagious and can spread to close contacts. If the infection is not treated, secondary complications may develop, especially in children.
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