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As mentioned above, two main types of bacteria cause impetigo: Streptococcus and Staphylococcus organisms. Both are commonly found in the environment and on the surface of most people's skin. Group A Streptococcus is the most common cause of impetigo. This is the same organism that causes strep throat and can be spread directly from person to person or through contact with contaminated objects.
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