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Thursday, February 2, 2023

Health investigates cases of Streptococcus A in the United Kingdom following a health alert

The Ministry of Health has reported this Wednesday that it is studying possible cases of infection in children by Streptococcus A, together with the autonomous communities. 9 minors.

according to the instructing department Caroline DariasOn 2 December, UK health authorities published a notification after detecting an increase in Streptococcus A infections among minors.

This bacterium usually causes a variety of infections such as pharyngitis or mild burns that are treated with antibiotics, although it can also cause more serious ones such as pneumonia or scarlet fever.

Data recorded by British health officials has been encrypted since September, so that since that month there have been nine deaths of minors, the last one this week of a 5-year-old girl, as well as more than 850 cases.

France on Wednesday reported an increase in cases of the aggressive group A streptococcal infection during the past 15 days at “significant amounts higher than usual”, which have killed two children and an adult in the country.

For this reason, the Ministry of Health, through the General Directorate of Public Health, has assured that “it is in contact with the autonomous communities and cities to collect information on possible cases detected in recent weeks and be able to take action”. May be.” Situation analysis”, so that health systems are “in a state of active surveillance”.

For its part, in Spain, the Spanish Society of Pediatric Infectious Diseases (SEIP) has issued a statement in which it points to possible deaths and indicates that cases of Streptococcus A that have been reported “in recent weeks or months” Must have happened.

The society says, “Some child deaths are known and many more serious cases remain to be determined which may lead us to think that we too are experiencing an increase in cases.”

He explains that in some children “it may be a superinfection of viral respiratory infection” by syncytial virus (RSV) or influenza.

The SEIP details that the United Kingdom alert already includes more than 850 cases, with an increase in incidence among children under 10 years of age and with a predominance of common scarlet fever, a skin rash produced by scarlet fever. a bacterium.

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