As cases of Strep A infection increase in the UK, the death toll has risen to 8 after a primary school student succumbed to the disease. While health authorities warned families to ‘be careful’, doctors were instructed to start antibiotic treatment at the slightest suspicion.
The total death toll has risen to 8 after a primary school child in the Hampshire region of England succumbed to Strep A infection.
The UK Health and Safety Agency (UKHSA) announced that 7 children have died in the country since September due to Strep A infection.
6 UNDER THE AGE OF 10, ONE AGED 12
Six of these children were under the age of 10 and one was 12. The age of the latest victim, who died in Hampshire, is not yet known.
Seven of the deaths so far have occurred in England and one in Wales. Scotland has seen eight cases of severe Strep A, but no deaths.
REAPPEARED AFTER THE PANDEMIC
Four children under the age of 10 died from Strep A infections in the UK in 2017-18. Since the lifting of coronavirus restrictions, there has been a noticeable increase in the number of cases.
Elizabeth Whittaker from Imperial College London said: “We saw very little Group A Strep in the first two years of the pandemic. With the restrictions lifted, the bacteria started circulating again in 2022.”
AIR OF PANIC IN ENGLAND! WARNING TO FAMILIES, INSTRUCTION TO DOCTORS
The increase in the number of cases and deaths has caused a great panic in the UK.
While health officials stated that families should be careful about the infection, doctors were instructed to intervene ‘at the lower limit’.
“ANTIBIOTIC TREATMENT WILL BE STARTED AT THE SLIGHTEST SUSPICION”
According to the new decision, antibiotic treatment will be started at the slightest suspicion of Strep A infection in children.
With early treatment, the infection will be treated when it is most treatable.
MEDICINES USED FOR TREATMENT ARE INSUFFICIENT! PHARMACISTS: MAY CONTINUE IN 2023
However, this instruction sent to doctors comes amid controversy that the country is about to run out of 3 drugs used to treat the disease.
According to the news in Dailymail newspaper, 3 drugs used in the treatment of Strep A are listed as ‘insufficient supply’ in stocks.
While families claim that they return empty-handed from pharmacies when they want to buy the drug, pharmacists interpret the situation as ‘very sad’ and state that the ongoing problem may continue in 2023.
“IF THE ANTIBIOTIC HAD BEEN GIVEN, OUR DAUGHTER WOULD NOT HAVE DIED”
While many people do not become seriously ill with this infection, the highly contagious bacteria can cause serious illness and complications. The parents of 7-year-old Hanna, one of the first victims of the disease, claim that if their daughter had been given antibiotics in time, she would not have suffered such a devastating outcome.
37-year-old father Abul Roap said his daughter came home with only a slight cough. If antibiotics had been given in time, this story could have ended differently.”
WHAT IS STREP A? WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
Strep A, medically known as ‘group A streptococcus’, is a bacterium that causes infections such as sore throat and tonsillitis.
Many people can carry the bacteria harmlessly without realizing it. However, this does not stop them from passing it on to others who may become ill.
In some people, STREP A causes no symptoms at all, but most people develop symptoms such as rash, sore throat, muscle aches, high fever, fatigue, ear infections and sores on the skin. Experts say these symptoms last for an average of one week.
People can get the bacteria through close contact, coughing and sneezing.
Experts recommend frequent hand washing and covering the mouth with a tissue when coughing and sneezing to prevent the disease.
To prevent the spread in schools, children’s clothes and toys should be washed and the use of shared objects should be avoided.
Although there is currently no vaccine for the disease, the infection can be treated with antibiotics.