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Risk Factors for Group A Streptococcal Infections

List of Risk Factors for Group A Streptococcal Infections

The list of risk factors mentioned for Group A Streptococcal Infections in various sources includes:

Risk factors discussion:

Some strains of group A streptococci (GAS) cause severe infection. Those at greatest risk include children with chickenpox; persons with suppressed immune systems; burn victims; elderly persons with cellulitis, diabetes, blood vessel disease, or cancer; and persons taking steroid treatments or chemotherapy. Intravenous drug users also are at high risk. Severe GAS disease may also occur in healthy persons with no known risk factors. (Source: excerpt from Group A Streptococcal Infections, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID)

About risk factors:

Risk factors for Group A Streptococcal Infections are factors that do not seem to be a direct cause of the disease, but seem to be associated in some way. Having a risk factor for Group A Streptococcal Infections makes the chances of getting a condition higher but does not always lead to Group A Streptococcal Infections. Also, the absence of any risk factors or having a protective factor does not necessarily guard you against getting Group A Streptococcal Infections. For general information and a list of risk factors, see the risk center.


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