Group A Streptococcus (GAS)
What is it?
Group A Streptococcus (GAS) is a germ (bacteria) that is often found in the throat, nose and/or on the skin. People may carry the GAS bacteria and have no symptoms of illness. Most GAS infections are mild illnesses such as "strep throat," or impetigo, on rare occasions, these germs can cause severe and even life-threatening illnesses.