Contamination with Streptococcus A bacteria: UK goes from 6 to 15 deaths in one week

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Concern is mounting in the UK as nine new children have died from infection with the strep A bacteria this week.

The number of Strep A victims has almost doubled in the UK. While the number of children who died from an infection with this bacteria was only 6 at the start of the week, it has now risen to 15 on Friday, December 9.

We are seeing an increased number of cases of group A streptococci (#StrepA) compared to normal at this time of year.

As a precaution, here is the latest advice for parents, schools, colleges and early years providers from @UKHSA ud83dudc47

— Department for Education (@educationgovuk) December 7, 2022

According to updated figures from the UK Health Agency (UKHSA), 15 children under the age of 15 have died this week. 659 cases have been recorded since the start of the epidemic season in England, which is the highest level ever reached at this time of the year for five years.

“Enhanced surveillance” in France

On the French side, Public Health France calls out “a number of pediatric cases of invasive group A Streptococcus (IISGA) infections that are greater than normally observed”. “These invasive infections have occurred in different regions (Occitanie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Nouvelle-Aquitaine) and mainly in children under the age of 10”, reports the health institute.

Public Health France calls for the “establishment of increased surveillance” to “better assess the situation epidemiologically and characterize the severe forms admitted to intensive care.”

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