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Call for awareness after increase in strep A child deaths

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An eighth child has died from a severe strep A bacterial infection, it has been confirmed.

Morelands Primary, in Waterlooville in the South of England, said it was "absolutely devastated" by the loss of one of its pupils.

Such deaths are rare, but, since September, seven other UK children have lost their lives due to complications of the disease.

Earlier, it emerged a 12-year-old pupil in London had also died.

And there have been five deaths of under-fives in England and a death of a seven-year-old in Wales.

Reports say there are eight cases of severe strep disease in Scotland, but no deaths. It is not known whether there are any ongoing severe cases in Wales and Northern Ireland.

However, a cluster of scarlet fever cases has been identified at a primary school in County Down. Some people who have Strep A develop scarlet fever, which causes a skin rash (that feels like sandpaper) and flu-like symptoms, including a high temperature.



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Strep A linked to deaths of 15 children across UK

Fifteen children in the UK have died after invasive strep A infections since September, the latest UK Health Security Agency figures show.

This includes the death of one child in Wales, and one in Northern Ireland. There have been no deaths confirmed in Scotland.

There have also been 47 deaths from strep A in adults in England.

Most strep A infections are mild but cases of more severe, invasive strep A infections - whilst rare - are rising.

The UKHSA says the last time there was a significant number of cases was in the 2017/18 season when there were 27 deaths in children under 18 from the bug in England and 328 adult deaths.


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Strep A home-test kits sell out after spate of UK deaths sparks panic buying

Pharmacists also report difficulties finding supplies of antibiotics to treat the infection


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Strep A kills three more children as UK activates alternative medicines plan

Three more children have died from strep A, it has emerged, and pharmacists in the UK have been told they can supply alternative antibiotics to those originally prescribed, in a bid to ease shortages of certain forms of penicillin.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) data shows at least 19 children have now died across the UK, while there are 7,750 cases of scarlet fever so far this season. This is more than treble the 2,538 at the same point in the year during the last comparably high season in 2017 to 2018.

However, the rise in notifications came at a different point that year. In 2017 to 2018, there were 30,768 scarlet fever notifications overall.


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