Six children have died in the UK after contracting streptococcus A

Six children have died in the UK after contracting streptococcus A

With the number of cases of Streptococcus A (including Streptococcus pyogenes, Streptococcus dysgalactiae, etc.) infections on the rise, six pediatric patients have died since September, according to the UK Health and Safety Executive (UKHSA).

The UKHSA issued a rare alert on Friday.

If parents notice symptoms in their children, seek medical help as soon as possible to stop the disease from getting worse.

Symptoms of Streptococcus A infection usually include a sore throat, fever, etc., and can also lead to scarlet fever.

In most cases, infected individuals treated with antibiotics recover completely.

However, in rare cases, Strep A may develop into a serious or even fatal disease called invasive Strep A (iGAS).

Typically, one or two children under the age of 10 may die from Streptococcus A in the UK in a single winter.

But since September this year there have been five in England and one child in Wales has died from Streptococcus A infection.

2.3 cases of iGAS per 100,000 children aged 1-4 years in England from mid-September to mid-November, compared with an average of 0.5 cases in this data for 2017-2019, the UK Health and Safety Executive said

Among children aged 5-9 years, there were 1.1 cases per 100,000 people, compared with 0.3 cases before the outbreak.

Department officials also said there is no evidence yet of a new strain spreading.

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