By Mark Kresevic bacterial infection
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Streptomycin is a screening test used to detect antibodies to several streptococcal antigens. An antigen is a substance that can trigger animmune response, resulting in production of an antibody as part of the body's defense against infection and disease.
Though the bacterium itself has such a wide range of virulence factors that make it
difficult for the immune system to destroy, the immune system is aided in large part by
medications and antibiotics which make the job much easier. When the immune system identifies foreign matter or material in the body, different defense mechanisms, such as
phagocytes, are activated to seek out and destroy or neutralize those foreign substances.
Such is the case with S. pyogenes. Strep throat is well adapted in that it has features
which obstruct the work of the phagocytes . Fortunately, phagocytes are not the only
features and adaptations of the immune system and with antibiotics, (which usually are
affective against S. pyogenes) people recover.