Four more children die from Strep A in the UK as death toll rises to 30

Four more children die from Strep A in the UK as death toll rises to 30

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At least 25 children have now died from Strep A in England, new figures show.

A further five children have died elsewhere in the UK, bringing the total to 30.

The bacteria can cause many different infections, ranging from mild illnesses to fatal illnesses.

Diseases caused by Strep A include skin infection impetigo, scarlet fever and strep throat.

Dr Obaghe Edeghere, UKHSA incident director, said: ‘We are continuing to see a rise in scarlet fever and “strep throat” and this is understandably concerning for parents,” reports Metro.

According to the UK Health Security Agency, there have been 151 cases of Strep A in children aged one to four so far this season.

The total compares to 194 cases in the same age group — across the full year of the last comparable peak season — in 2017-2018.

Dr Edeghere added: ‘Over the winter, there are lots of illnesses circulating that can make children unwell and so it is important to avoid contact with other people if you are feeling unwell, wash your hands regularly and thoroughly and catch coughs and sneezes in a tissue. I would also urge all those eligible for free winter vaccines to take advantage of these,” reports Metro.

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