Concern is mounting in the UK as nine new children have died this week from an infection with the bacteria strep A.
The number of victims of Strep A has almost doubled in the UK. Where the number of children who died from an infection with this bacterium was only 6 at the beginning of the week, that has now risen to 15 on Friday 9 December.
We are seeing an increasing number of cases of Group A Streptococcus (#StrepA) compared to normal at this time of year.
As a precaution, here is the latest advice for parents, schools, colleges and providers of young children @UKHSA \ud83d\udc47https://t.co/n14h2majkJ
— Ministry of Education (@educationgovuk) December 7, 2022
According to updated figures from the UK Health Agency (UKHSA), 15 children under the age of 15 have died this week. Since the start of the epidemic season in England, 659 cases have been recorded, which is the highest level reached at this time of year in five years.
“Reinforced Surveillance” in France
On the French side, Public Health France is calling for “a higher number of pediatric cases of invasive group A streptococcal infections (IISGA) than is usually observed”. “These invasive infections have occurred in different regions (Occitanie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Nouvelle-Aquitaine) and mainly in children under 10 years old,” the health institution reports.
Public Health France calls for “the establishment of enhanced surveillance” to “better assess the situation epidemiologically and characterize the severe forms admitted to intensive care”.