Strep A: Find out how many severe infections and scarlet fever cases are in your area | UK News

At least nine children have now died from Strep A infections across the UK, with health officials also reporting an increase in scarlet fever cases.

Representative, Streptococcus A Infections are mild and are easily treated with antibiotics, but an invasive form of bacteria, called iGAS, has been on the rise this year, especially in children under 10.

One five-year-old child in Belfast is the latest child to die from the infection, with deaths also reported in Hampshire, London, Buckinghamshire, Surrey and Penarth in Wales.

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Meanwhile, a sharp increase in scarlet fever cases saw 851 cases reported in the week of November 14-20, compared with an average of 186 during the same time frame of those reported. years ago, according to the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA).

Click or search in the map below for the number of scarlet fever cases in your area, according to the latest public statistics.

The area with the most scarlet fever cases revealed

Scarlet fever – an infection caused by Strep A – mainly affects young children and is easily treated with antibiotics.

Symptoms include a sore throat, headache, fever, and a pink or red body rash that “feels like sandpaper.”

A total of 861 cases were recorded in England and Wales until November 27, according to data released by UKHSA.

They include 101 cases in Wales, with 14 recorded in Bridgend and 11 in Cardiff.

In the UK, the North West recorded the highest number of infections with 137 cases, including 32 in Merseyside, 27 in Lancashire and 27 in Greater Manchester.

A total of 134 cases were recorded in the Southeast and 128 cases in Dong Anh.

Elsewhere, there were:
• 124 cases in the East Midlands
• 103 cases in London
• 46 cases in Yorkshire and Humber
• 48 cases in the West Midlands
• Five cases in South West – no cases recorded in Dorset and only one in Somerset and Devon

The figures also show that in the last 20 weeks to 27 November, there have been 9,772 cases of scarlet fever recorded in England and Wales, compared with 1,255 cases in the same period in 2021 and just 530 cases. in 2022, although both years are affected by the pandemic, when children are less integrated.

As of now, in 2022, as of November 27, there have been 21,717 cases of scarlet fever recorded.

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Areas with invasive Strep A disease

iGAS – or invasive Group A Strep – can be a life-threatening infection in which bacteria have invaded parts of the body, such as the blood, deep muscles, or lungs.

There were eight confirmed cases in England and Wales in the week to November 27, according to data released by UKHSA.

They were in Croydon, south London; Ealing, west London; Knowsley of Merseyside; North Somerset; Oldham in Greater Manchester; Redcar and Cleveland; Rushmoor in Hampshire; and Glamorgan Valley.

Before the death of a child in Belfast was confirmed, it was revealed a elementary school students in Waterlooville, Hampshiredied of a Strep A infection.

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Other known victims include an eighth grader at a secondary school in south-east London; four years old Muhammad Ibrahim Ali in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire; and a child in Ealing, west London.

One students at an elementary school near Cardiff, also died of infection, as well as a six-year-old child who died after the outbreak at Ashford Church of England School in Surrey.

Meanwhile, Camila Rose Burns four years old was on a ventilator at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool after contracting Strep A.


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