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Unformatted text preview: S. aureus cause scalded skin syndrome. Usually found in young children and babies, this disease is characterized by vesicles on the body surface, which cause the skin to peel and give a scalded appearance. Penicillin or erythromycin antibiotics are used to treat this and other staphylococcal skin diseases. Scarlet fever. Scarlet fever is caused by Streptococcus pyogenes , a Gram-positive bacterium occurring in encapsulated chains. Most cases of scarlet fever begin as infections of the respiratory tract, followed by spread of the bacteria to the blood. The bacteria produce an erythrogenic toxin that causes the typical skin rash. Penicillin is used for therapy. Complications include damage to the heart valves known as rheumatic heart disease or damage to the joints, which is called rheumatic fever....
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This note was uploaded on 11/14/2011 for the course BIO 1421 taught by Professor Farr during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.
- Fall '08