Four children die in the UK after contracting Strep A
Four children have died in the United Kingdom after being infected with the Strep A bacteria, writes the BBC citing British health authorities.
Strep A bacteria can cause skin rashes and sore throats, among other symptoms, and is a highly contagious infection that mostly affects children.
The UK Health Safety Agency (UKHSA) has said that the figures for the disease are higher this year compared to the previous two years.
The increase in cases is likely a result of measures implemented during the COVID pandemic, they add.
What is Strep A?
Strep A – or group A streptococcus – is a type of bacteria found in the throat and skin and causes no symptoms in most people.
However, it can cause a number of different diseases of the nose, throat and lungs.
It can spread through coughing, sneezing and skin-to-skin contact.