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Why doesn't injection of streptokinase cause a streptococcal infection?

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Dr. Michael Ein answered

Specializes in Infectious Disease

It's not alive: Streptokinase is an enzyme that dissolves blood clots. It is not the bacteria streptococcus which is probably what confuses you.

Answered 10/9/2013

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No bacteria : Streptokinase does not contain any live strep bacteria. You have to have the bacteria to have the infection.

Answered 9/1/2013

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