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Severe Streptococcal Syndrome

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September 24, 1990 | CAROLINE DECKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The same bacteria that commonly cause relatively innocuous cases of strep throat in school-age children and young adults appears to be evolving into a menacing, more virulent form. In recent years, it has produced a severe and potentially lethal--though rare--infection, most often in adults. The ubiquitous strain of bacteria known as Group A streptococcus causes the pneumonia that swiftly killed Muppeteer Jim Henson in May.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 1990 | CAROLINE DECKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The same bacteria that commonly cause relatively innocuous cases of strep throat in school-age children and young adults appears to be evolving into a menacing, more virulent form. In recent years, it has produced a severe and potentially lethal--though rare--infection, most often in adults. The ubiquitous strain of bacteria known as Group A streptococcus causes the pneumonia that swiftly killed Muppeteer Jim Henson in May.
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