“Streptococcus pyogenes is not a bacteria that should be taken lightly. Many people carry the bacteria without incident, however it has the potential to cause both mild and severe diseases. Streptococcus pyogenes has claimed many lives, including that of Muppet’s creator, Jim Henson.” more
Above: My son’s foot/ankle post surgery to save his foot. A simple blister on his left heel form ill fitting shoes became infected and within 24 hours he was at risk of losing his left leg/foot. Clean your wounds!!! MRSA gets lots of deserved attention, but there are other bad critters out there the consume the immune system.
While fishing at Christmas Island (Kiritamati), I wore ill fitting flats boots. Abrasion from sand/grit wore several wounds on my left foot. That plus having to wade in sewage/bacteria filled water to board/exit the boats back at camp ultimately caused strep pyogenes in the top of my left foot. Fortunately for me, my case was lighter and hit me as I arrived back in Oregon. The next day, I was in the ER seeking help as the sores oozed. Wash your wounds!