Two children under 10 die in Scotland Streptococcus Athe health director confirmed today.
The death, usually from a mild bacterial infection, is the first the country has reported this season. This brings her to 26 deaths from streptococcal A in children in the UK.
According to the latest data from the United Kingdom Health Security Agency (UKHSA), 21 children have died from infectious diseases in England, 2 children in Wales and 1 child in Wales. Northern Ireland They are also dying.
A total of seven streptococcal deaths have been recorded in Scotland this season, the remaining five being adults. This number is consistent with the highest number recorded over the entire winter of the previous year.
Strep A bacteria can cause a variety of other infections, including impetigo, scarlet fever, and strep throat
The majority of infections are relatively mild, but in very rare cases the bacteria can cause invasive group A streptococci (iGAS).
In a report today, Public Health Scotland said it had recorded seven deaths from a Strep A complication called invasive group A streptococcus (iGAS) since October.
Two of the most serious forms of this invasive disease are necrotizing fasciitis and streptococcal toxic shock syndrome. Both can kill.
The agency has confirmed that two are children under the age of 10 and the remaining five are adults.
“PHS is aware of seven deaths among iGAS cases between 3 October and 25 December 2022, two of which were children under the age of 10.
“This is higher than the number of deaths reported in the same period last year, which ranged from 0 to 7.”
Scottish Health Secretary Humza Yousuf tweeted:
“Thankfully, most cases of Strep A are mild and can be treated with antibiotics. We are working with the UK government to ensure sufficient supplies.
“If there is a local shortage of first-line treatment, alternative effective antibiotics are available.”
The PHS said there were 869 Streptococcus A laboratory reports in the week ending 25 December, down from 1,079 the previous week.
However, this number is about three times the peak number of 300-480 reports per week observed in the period from 2016 onwards.
The PHS report states: [Strep A] It was reported in Scotland in recent weeks.
In the week ending 25 December, 15 iGAS cases were reported in all age groups, compared with 13 in the previous week.
This compares with a peak of 12 to 18 cases per week observed in previous years.
Data from early October through December 25 show that PHS has reported 20 iGAS cases in children under the age of 10 years.
Two child deaths in Scotland have not been identified.
Confirmed victims in other parts of the UK include Muhammad Ibrahim Ali, a 4-year-old boy from Buckinghamshire, and Hanna Lope, 7-year-old from Wales.
Although low, the number of children dying from Streptococcus A in the UK is higher than expected for this time of year.
During the harsh winter of 2017/18, 27 children under the age of 18 died from bugs.
Strep A bacteria can cause a variety of infections, including impetigo, scarlet fever, and streptococcal pharyngitis.
The data show that the number of iGAS cases is five times higher than last winter, when it was unusually quiet.
But the levels seen already this season surpass all the peaks seen in the last six years.
iGAS cases typically spike every three to four years, but social distancing during the Covid pandemic is believed to have interrupted this cycle.
Some experts suggest that this makes some young people less immune to Streptococcus A, and many children never encounter the bacterium in their lifetime.
According to the World Health Organization, high prevalence of other respiratory viruses, such as influenza, RSV and norovirus, also puts children at risk of co-infection with streptococcal type A virus, leading to serious illness. It might make it easier.
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