As the holidays wind down and travel explodes, infectious diseases please rsv, streptococcus athe influence and COVID they are spreading. Strep A in particular is worrying medical experts as children are susceptible; the CDC just issued a warning days before Christmas. “CDC is looking at an increase in invasive group A strep infections (iGAS) among children in the United States. Infections with iGAS include necrotizing fasciitis and streptococcal toxic shock syndrome,” the agency said a few days earlier. Christmas. “Bacteria called group A strep (group A strep) can cause many different infections.” Read on to see what else the CDC has to say about how to stay safe, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure signs you’ve already had COVID.
Strep A can cause serious complications
While the strep you might think of includes a sore throat, the sneakier invasive group A strep disease can include, says the Center for Disease Control and Prevention:
Cellulite with blood infection. Cellulitis is a serious bacterial infection that affects the deeper layers of the skin and the underlying tissue. It can occur anywhere on the body but is most common on the legs, face, and arms. Cellulite is characterized by red, swollen and tender skin that is warm to the touch. It can also cause fever, chills and fatigue.
Necrotizing fasciitis. Necrotizing fasciitis is a rare but serious bacterial infection that affects the deeper layers of skin and underlying tissue. It is also known as carnivorous disease or carnivorous bacteria syndrome.
Necrotizing fasciitis is caused by a variety of bacteria, including strep and staphylococcus. It can occur when bacteria enters the skin through a cut, scrape, or insect bite, or when bacteria enters the skin through a surgical wound or incision. The bacteria release toxins that damage surrounding tissue, leading to tissue death or necrosis.
Pneumonia. Pneumonia is an infection that affects the lungs. It is caused by a variety of bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms and can range in severity from mild to life-threatening. Symptoms of pneumonia can include fever, cough, chest pain, shortness of breath, rapid breathing, sweating, fatigue, and body aches. In severe cases, pneumonia can cause confusion, difficulty breathing, and low blood pressure.
Streptococcal Toxic Shock Syndrome (STSS). Strep toxic shock syndrome (STSS) is a rare and potentially life-threatening condition caused by a type of bacteria called group A strep. This type of bacteria is the same one that causes strep throat, impetigo, and other infections. STSS can occur when group A strep bacteria release toxins in the body, causing a reaction similar to toxic shock. Symptoms of STSS can include fever, chills, low blood pressure, dizziness, rapid heart rate, rash, skin redness, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. In severe cases, STSS can cause organ failure and death.
Deaths in Colorado
At least two children have died of Strep A in Colorado. “The Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment is tracking an increase in pediatric hospitalizations caused by group A strep. Group A strep is a bacterium that can cause many different infections. As the Department has tracked recent increases in other diseases, CDPHE is working with hospital partners in a coordinating role to ensure resources are available to those who need them,” the agency said. “They have been reported 11 cases of invasive group A strep in children as of November 1, 2022, in the Denver metro area, where invasive group A strep is a reportable condition through Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Emerging Infections Program. Recent cases range in age from 10 months to 6 years, but anyone of any age can get group A strep. The CDPHE is aware of two deaths among these cases. Both were small children who were not yet of school age. The official cause of death has not been finalized by a coroner or coroner. The last reported death in a pediatric patient with group A strep in Colorado was in 2018.”
Deaths in the UK
At least 21 children have died in the UK from Strep A. ‘It’s very rare for a child to become more seriously ill, but parents know better than anyone what your child is usually like, so you’ll know when they’re not responding like they normally would Be sure to talk to a healthcare professional if your child is getting worse after a bout of scarlet fever, a burning throat or respiratory infection: watch for signs like fever that doesn’t go down, dehydration, extreme tiredness, intense body aches, difficulty breathing or very fast breathing,” says the UK government.
It could return to pre-pandemic levels, CDC says
“It is too early to tell whether iGAS case numbers are returning to pre-pandemic levels or increasing beyond what we would normally expect based on what we know about seasonal GAS patterns,” CDC spokeswoman Kate Grusich wrote. “Recent increases in respiratory viruses, particularly influenza, may also contribute to a possible increase in iGAS infections. Concomitant or previous viral infections such as influenza and skin conditions such as chickenpox may increase the risk of iGAS infections “.
How to stay safe
“Although they remain rare, CDPHE is seeing invasive group A strep infections in Colorado causing serious illness,” said Dr. Rachel Herlihy, state epidemiologist, CDPHE, in the Colorado Advisory. “There is no vaccine for group A strep, but keeping up to date with vaccines for COVID-19, flu, and chickenpox can help protect your child from developing complications from a group A strep infection. Stay home when you are ill and practice good hand hygiene: wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol and avoid touching your face Call your child’s doctor if you experience new or worsening symptoms of an illness.” And to protect your life and the lives of others, do not visit any of these 35 places you’re most likely to catch COVID.