In the United Kingdom, an eighth child has died from Strep A as an invasive strain of the bacteria spreads across the country.
According to reports from Hampshire, a further child has died following seven death confirmations in the UK.
When asked about the recent increase in cases, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman stated, “We are seeing a higher number of Group A strep cases this year compared to usual.”
Strep A infections are typically mild and treatable with antibiotics; illnesses caused by Group A strep bacteria include impetigo, scarlet fever, and strep throat.
This dreadful illness is most prevalent when the outside temperatures drop, primarily affecting children aged 5 to 15, and always worsens in the winter.
In the week of November 14 to 20, there were 851 cases reported, compared to an average of 186 for the same timeframe in previous years.
Scarlet fever symptoms include a sore throat, headache, and fever, as well as a fine, pinkish or red body rash with a “sandpapery” feel.
If a parent or caregiver suspects scarlet fever, they should contact their doctor or dial 111 because prompt antibiotic treatment can prevent serious illness and stop the spread of infection.