"A common microbe that leads to childhood strep throat, long seen as an irritating but easily treatable virus, can have menacing long-term effects on brain function, Israeli researchers have discovered." The germ is a bacterium, a living organism with a cell wall and inside all the machinery for life. A virus has only a coat to get it into a susceptible living cell of a host. It's just a package of genes that must take over a living cells machinery to propagate and cause disease. This new work on a relationship between Strep A infections in children has the most important implications for public health. This will be the first time one has the possibility of preventing a major psychiatric illness well before it develops and, if confirmed could be a landmark advance.
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from the article: Strep throat and OCD are linked, Israeli researchers find