Following an increase in cases of the infectious diseases 'Strep A', Scarlet Fever and Norovirus, this article contains information on the symptoms, when to seek medical advice and information for parents/carers.
‘Strep A’ – what is it?
Group A streptococcus (GAS) is a common bacteria. Lots of us carry it in our throats and on our skin and it doesn’t always result in illness. However, GAS does cause a number of infections, some mild and some more serious. The most serious infections linked to GAS come from invasive group A strep, known as iGAS. These infections are caused by the bacteria getting into parts of the body where it is not normally found, such as the lungs or bloodstream. In rare cases, an iGAS infection can be fatal, and sadly we have recently seen a small number of deaths in the UK amongst a small number of children aged under 10 years.