Group A streptococci (Streptococcus pyogenes) are probably best known for causing streptococcal pharynigitis, or strep throat. But they also cause more kinds of disease than any other species of bacteria. Group A streptococci are responsible for diseases that range from relatively mild skin conditions to the devastating and sometimes deadly disease associated with "flesh-eating bacteria." Streptococcus (Group A), Second Edition examines the history, epidemiology, and future prospects of the ongoing battle against group A streptococci. Deadly diseases affect everyone. Although not all cases are fatal, each disease causes a degree of harm and discomfort to those whom it afflicts and sometimes can have long-lasting consequences. Each book in the series Deadly Diseases And Epidemics takes the reader through all aspects of a disease-from its history and causes or method of infection to its treatment and prevention. The books provide a foundation for understanding the basics of microbiology, immunology, and epidemiology.