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Strep A - all you need know

The recent media coverage of serious Group A Strep infections (GAS) can be worrisome.

Group A streptococcus (GAS) is a common bacteria. Lots of us carry it in our throats and on our skin and it doesn’t always result in illness. However, GAS does cause a number of infections, some mild and some more serious, such as scarlet fever.

There has been an increase in cases this year, particularly in children under 10, including a small number of deaths.

Current advice to parents and carers is to remain vigilant to the signs and symptoms of strep A, but not be overly worried by the risk it can pose to very young children.

This UK Health Security Agency blog provides more information on the signs and symptoms to look out for, and how to take action.



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