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July 06, 2005

Strep-like, Antibiotic-resistant Bacteria Attacking S. Korean Kids

JoongAng Daily reports that the summer-cold season has brought a particularly stubborn bacterial infection. The bacteria, known as Arcanobacterium haemolyticum, is proving resistant to antibiotic treatment. It has been spreading in the outskirts of Seoul among more than 140 children and teenagers with cold symptoms.

According to a Johns Hopkins report from 1998, this bacteria mimics strep, including scarlet fever-like rashes. It can also be found infecting wounds.


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