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i had a throat culture done and it came back with a bacteria infection serratia mercescens, what is this?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Probably commensal: Serratia seldom infects the throat and is often normal flora. Unless it's the predominant bug and the infection is obviously serious and looks bacterial, it may be best to ignore it. Antibiotics aren't innocuous medications. Best wishes.

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