Flesh Eating Bacteria

Phylogenetic Tree
Habitat and Diseases
Dr. Volk's Case


Streptococcus pyogenes

Watch out!  it can be a pain in the foot.


Picture of Dr. Volk's foot, from Dr. Volk.  Electron micrograph of Streptococcus pyogenes by Maria Fazio and Vincent A. Fischetti, Ph.D. with permission. The Laboratory of Bacterial Pathogenesis and Immunology, Rockefeller University.   

BIO 203 Organismal Biology

Peter Falk

Spring Semester 2007





This webpage will give an overview of Streptococcus pyogenes, the flesh eating bacteria.  Included are descriptions of where this bacteria can be found in the human body, different diseases that can occur and the treatment for those diseases.  A phylogenetic tree is provided to show the closest relatives and relationships with other organisms.  A complete breakdown of the organism is provided to show how the organism is classified and identified by scientists.  Other information about nutrition, reproduction and much more is included in this webpage.