I've had a sore throat for about a day. Any time this happens, I tend to wonder if the cause is bad lab practice... How embarrassing to make myself sick (and a good thing I don't work on anthrax (shout out: Bacillus anthracis). Of course, this is a ridiculous train of thought, as we all know the primary cause of a sore throat is viral infection.
"Ah, but what about strep throat!?" says you, (and rightly so) as I work on a streptococcal species. However, strep throat is not caused by my favorite bacteria, Streptococcus pneumoniae, but instead by Group A Strep (GAS), Streptococcus pyogenes.
Go ahead, have a read, get sore-throat-smarter. I'll have a tea.