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CDC issues Strep A warning as infection continues to spread

CDC issues Strep A warning as infection continues to spread

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CDC issues ‘urgent’ Strep A warning as infection continues to spread in US – and UK child death toll rises to 21

  • Official announcement warns doctors of ‘importance of early recognition’
  • So far, only two strep A deaths have been confirmed in the US and 21 in the UK
  • But six U.S. hospitals have reported unusual patterns of strep A in recent weeks

Leading US officials have issued a warning about a Strep A epidemic spreading across America – a sign officials are worried the bacterial infection will continue to rise in the coming months.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued the emergency advisory message Thursday, notifying doctors and public health authorities of the situation.

America has experienced two confirmed strep deaths as part of this outbreak, both in Denver, Colorado. Doctors at hospitals in at least six states have given anecdotal reports that cases of infection have increased this year.

The CDC does not track Strep A nationally, so it is impossible to know daily case numbers. Across the pond, 21 children have died of the disease in the UK – and US officials fear that this outbreak will reach the same levels in the States.

There are anecdotal reports from at least six US hospitals that strep A cases are either more common than usual this year or more severe. Two pediatric deaths have been confirmed in Colorado as part of this outbreak. The CDC does not report real-time national Strep A data

Symptoms of strep A include rashes and sores on the body, red cheeks, sore throat, muscle aches and fever.  It is a relatively mild disease that does not cause many pediatric deaths each year

Symptoms of strep A include rashes and sores on the body, red cheeks, sore throat, muscle aches and fever. It is a relatively mild disease that does not cause many pediatric deaths each year

The CDC said it will investigate reports of strep A cases across the country.

The agency also emphasizes “the importance of early recognition, diagnosis and appropriate treatment” of strep A in both adults and children.

Officials warn of a recent rise in infections — and the increased seasonal risk of the disease in every age group.

Cases of both strep A and strep pharyngitis — known as strep throat — typically peak between December and April in the United States.

Strep throat is most often seen in children between the ages of 5 and 15.

A person can get strep A from someone who has strep throat, another form of the infection.

Bacterial infections such as Strep A are more common after viral illnesses because the immune system has been depleted by the previous illness – making them vulnerable.

The CDC warns that the elderly and the immunocompromised are at greatest risk from strep A — but the infection rarely poses a risk to healthy children.

Conditions that put someone at increased risk include diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease, and cancer.

In addition, people with wounds or skin conditions, as well as those who inject drugs or are homeless, are more likely to get strep A.

Earlier this week, one of the largest children’s hospitals in Missouri report an influx of children with strange Strep A symptoms.

Children’s mercy Kansas Seven children were recently admitted to the City Hospital with symptoms such as a “stuck” eye, lumps behind the ear and problems swallowing, resulting in drooling.

Doctors were initially confused by the cases, but further testing determined that each child had strep A. They noted that these were not typical symptoms of a strep A infection.

Some experts feared that the lockdown had robbed children of immunity against common infections, making cases of strep A and other infections more severe than usual.

Earlier this week, the CDC admitted that the school closingmasking orders, lockdowns and other pandemic orders may have contributed to the increased burden of strep A this year.

Pandemic prevention measures such as masking school closings may have contributed to the explosion of influenza and RSV cases.

In turn, they could cause more bacterial infections like strep A, which often strike when the immune system is vulnerable after a viral infection.

“We just don’t see that many together in such a short amount of time,” Dr. Angela Myers, director of infectious diseases at Children’s Mercy, told The Washington Post.

Typical symptoms of Strep A include rash, fever, sore throat, red cheeks, muscle aches and skin sores.

While other, more serious symptoms can occur in invasive group A strep (iGAS) cases, eye problems and drooling are usually not related to the infection.


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