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Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology
Volume 16 (2005), Issue 4, Pages 221-224
Original Article

Necrotizing Fasciitis Resulting from Human Bites: A Report of Two Cases of Disease Caused by Group A Streptococci

Christopher A Sikora,1 Jack Spielman,2 Kerry MacDonald,3 Gregory J Tyrrell,4 and John M Embil5

1Department of Community Medicine, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta;, Canada
2Department of General Surgery, Lake of the Woods District Hospital, Kenora, Ontario, Canada
3Department of Pathology, Lake of the Woods District Hospital, Kenora, Ontario, Canada
4National Centre for Streptococcus, Provincial Laboratory of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
5Section of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Received 26 July 2004; Accepted 10 January 2005

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Necrotizing fasciitis is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition. Although bite wounds are common, they are not frequently reported as a cause of necrotizing fasciitis. In the present article, two cases of bite-associated necrotizing fasciitis caused by group A streptococcus are reported. Previously published cases are also reviewed.