England continues to report increase in group A strep this season


by NewsDesk Laugh

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) continues to report an off-season increase in scarlet fever and group A strep infections. Cases usually show the steepest spikes in the new year, but they have increased sharply in recent weeks.

This patient revealed a scarlet fever rash on the sole of the forearm caused by Group A Streptococcus bacteria.

So far this season (September 12 to December 4) there have been 6,601 notifications of scarlet fever. This compares to a total of 2,538 at the same point in the year during the last relatively high season in 2017 to 2018.

In addition, there were 85 iGAS Cases in children ages 1 to 4 compared to 194 in that age group across the last relatively high entire season in 2017 to 2018. There were 60 cases in children ages 5 to 9 compared to 117 last year entire. Peak season in 2017 to 2018. The majority of cases are still in those over 45 years old.

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Sadly, so far this season there have been 60 deaths across all age groups in England. This figure includes 13 children under the age of eighteen. In the 2017 to 2018 season, there were 355 total deaths over the course of the season, including 27 deaths of children under the age of 18.

cases Gas It usually increases during the winter season and the last time large numbers of cases were reported was in the 2017 to 2018 season. Seasons with high cases can occur every 3 to 4 years, but the social distancing measures implemented during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic 19) This cycle may have stopped and would explain the current increase being observed.

Currently, there is no evidence of a new strain of Gas Diffuse or any increase in antibiotic resistance. Antibiotics are the best treatment and work well against circulating strains. The increase likely reflects increased susceptibility to this infection in children due to a decrease in the number of cases during the epidemic, along with the current circulation of respiratory viruses, which may increase the chances of children becoming seriously ill. However, investigations are underway to understand whether other factors could have contributed to the increase this season and to better understand who is currently most affected.

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