At least nine children have died in the United Kingdom in recent days from infections caused by strep A bacteria, prompting the government to advise families to monitor their children for symptoms, particularly Throat pain And this fever, which are not cured by common painkillers. Britain’s Health Protection Agency (UxSA) said on Friday that there had been five deaths in England, as well as one in Wales, and issued an alert about a rise in cases and appealed to GPs to be vigilant.
“This year we are seeing a higher than normal increase in cases,” said a spokesman for Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, although “we know that the bacterium that causes a mild infection that is easily treated The truth is that “in rare circumstances, it can enter the bloodstream and cause serious illness”. “Although it is rare, it is important that parents are aware of the symptoms,” he said, and appealed for peace of mind, saying that the NHS, in English for the National Health System, “is well equipped to deal with the situations.” Ready from.” how is”.
after the pandemic
Susan Hopkins, UKHSA’s chief medical officer, explained that once the COVID-19 pandemic is over, “we went back to normal social mixing and the disease patterns we are seeing in recent months are in sync with the season.” are outside” as typical is normal, and “as people become normal, they move around and spread infection.”
They also pointed out that they are studying whether this increase is due to the fact that there is low immunity level higher than normal due to measures to prevent coronavirus infection. Hopkins noted other symptoms, such as a “skin rash that feels like sandpaper,” as well as ” abnormal sleepinessDehydration and lack of need to go to the bathroom.
The country’s schools began sending this week letters to families In which they state that although “scarlet fever is a highly contagious but usually mild disease” it should be “treated with antibiotics to reduce the risk of complications and to reduce spread to others, in very rare cases”. , it can cause an infection that can be serious.” and can lead to life-threatening diseases”, so they ask that minors not attend school if they have a fever for at least three days and consult a doctor if they have other symptoms.
lack of antibiotics
Meanwhile, according to the newspaper ‘The Guardian’, pharmacists have condemned a shortage across the United Kingdom of antibiotics used to treat Streptococcus A, following a surge in demand for penicillin and amoxicillin in recent days. And assured that the wholesalers do not have enough stock. to replenish.
There is not only growth this year. Although strep A-related deaths in children are rare, between 2017 and 2018 the number of infections was high and four children under the age of 10 died.