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Streptococcus is a genus of spherical, Gram-positive bacteria of the phylum Firmicutes.

In addition to strep throat, members of this genus are responsible for many cases of menningitis, bacterial pneumonia, endocarditis, and even necrotizing fasciitis (so-called 'flesh-eating' bacterial infections).

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