urge the doctors to calm down

Public Health France has published an initial assessment of pediatric cases of invasive Streptococcus A infections.

Public Health France recognizes this: cases ofStreptococcus A bacterial infections has increased so “very significant since November in children with levels above 2019”.

On Monday, the organization notes in its balance sheet a “unusual increase in children” of these infections, “non-invasive, especially scarlet fever since September 2022. The levels observed are close to those observed before the Covid-19 pandemic”.

Serious but rare infections

Public Health France reminds:

More rarely, it is responsible for severe invasive infections (necrotizing skin infections, puerperal infections, pneumopathies and pleuropneumopathies, and meningitis), which may be associated with streptococcal toxic shock syndrome (STSS).

Scarlet fever, angina and impetigo are the most commonly developed pathologies. Traditional barrier movements are recommended to avoid any risk of transmission.

In France, two children died

On 6 December, the Directorate-General for Health informed the care staff about it “Several pediatric cases of invasive group A streptococcal infections […]in greater numbers than usual, have been reported in different regions – Occitanie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Nouvelle-Aquitaine – within the last 15 days”.

The same DGS indicated that two children and one adult died in hospital after complications from these infections. In the UK, 16 children have succumbed to this type of infection.

The doctors want to reassure

But a call for calm is being launched by health professionals. BFMTV reports the words of Yazdan Yazdanpanah, head of the department of infectious diseases at Bichat Hospital in Paris, about the bacteria: “It’s not more resistant, it’s not a more severe form”.

Same story on the site of Claire Poyart, head of the National Center for Streptococcus:

It is a bacteria that is extremely sensitive to antibiotics, and in severe cases we have other antibiotics or amoxicillin that can be given. So there are no major concerns about the possibility of treating these children.

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