Six children have died with Strep A bacterial infection

12/2/2022 9:00:00 PM

Group A streptococcus, or Strep A, can cause scarlet fever, throat infections and, in very rare cases, invasive disease.

'It's the worst thing that can ever happen.' Dean Burns, whose four-year-old daughter is currently on a ventilator in the critical care unit at Alder Hey Children's Hospital, talks about the risks of invasive Strep A. Latest: 📺 Sky 501 and YouTube

Group A streptococcus, or Strep A, can cause scarlet fever, throat infections and, in very rare cases, invasive disease.

Another death of a young child from Strep A will send a chill down the spine of any parent.Boy, 4, is 4th child to die from Strep A as parents ‘broken’ by death of girl "He was very helpful around the house and quite adventurous, he loved exploring and enjoyed the forest school, his best day was a Monday and said how Monday was the best day of the week.Health officials said the child went to a school in Ealing in west London.Muhammad Ibrahim Ali.

So what is the risk and why the spate of deaths now? Group A streptococcus is a common bacterium that generally causes relatively mild infections, such as sore throats.Only rarely does the bug get into the bloodstream or some other place in the body where it isn't normally found, multiply rapidly and cause more serious problems.He was his best friend and went everywhere with him.Doctors call it invasive Group A Strep, or iGAS, and that seems to be what has resulted in these deaths." Two other schoolchildren have died from the infection in the past seven days.There are different strains of Strep A, and some are more likely to cause serious disease." Another child victim was little Hanna Roap, who died within 24 hours of becoming ill with the infection leaving behind her devastated family in Wales.We don't know yet whether a particular strain is involved in these deaths.Two other primary school pupils, one in Wales and another in Surrey, died of the deadly disease less than a week apart.

But this isn't a geographic cluster; the children lived far apart.Advertisement Hanna passed away on November 25 after contracting the invasive infection that has symptoms including high fever, vomiting and a sore throat.So it's not a bug that was passed from one to another.It's more likely that the common link is that the children didn't get antibiotics in time.Another child from nearby North Ealing Primary School, Pitshanger Lane, is currently in hospital with an unconfirmed illness.Read more of Thomas Moore's analysis here What are the symptoms of Strep A and how does it spread? Dr Chow said:"Group A streptococcal infections usually result in mild illness, and information has been shared with parents and staff about the signs and symptoms."These include a sore throat, fever and minor skin infections and can be treated with a full course of antibiotics from the GP.Advertisement While Group Strep A disease can trigger conditions like necrotising fasciitis and toxic shock syndrome.Hanna Roap.

"In rare incidences, it can be a severe illness and anyone with high fever, severe muscle aches, pain in one area of the body and unexplained vomiting or diarrhoea should call NHS 111 and seek medical help immediately." Strep A can be spread through coughs, sneezes and skin-to-skin contact.Strep A is a bacterial infection is mostly mild in cases but can be life-threatening and lead to scarlet fever.People over 65, those who have HIV, use steroids or other drugs, or suffer from diabetes, heart disease or cancer are most at risk of catching the infection.Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player 3:02 What are the symptoms of Strep A? 'We just need to act quickly' Oksana Pysik from the Outbreak Educational Programme in Infectious Diseases at University College London, explained to Sky News that Strep A can often present similar to flu.Advertisement As multiple viral infections are circulated in the winter months, the risk of scarlet fever having greater severity grows.However, one way to tell it apart is that sometime there is a"whitish coating on the tongue", which is also known as"strawberry tongue".In very rare cases, the infection can become invasive and enter parts of the body where bacteria aren't normally found, which can be serious.

She added that due to the way the infection spreads, it's typically more common in school settings and care homes, and it is"important" people who contract it to get antibiotics as"quickly as possible" to stop complications from arising."Parents shouldn't be overly worried...I wouldn't want to over concern because of the outbreaks we are seeing, we just need to act quickly," she said.

The UKHSA advises those who come down with the illness to exclude themselves from nursery, school or work for at least 24 hours after they start antibiotic treatment.Related Topics.

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Fourth child dies after contracting Strep AMuhammad Ibrahim Ali was four years old Oh this is heartbreaking 💔 So sad, Thoughts are with everyone

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