In England and Wales, more infants die after contracting Strep A infection.
Health officials have confirmed that a young man from St John’s School in Ealing, west London, has died of a bacterial infection, and the parents of a 4-year-old boy from Buckinghamshire said he died of Strep A.
This was after a student at Victoria Primary School in Penarth, four miles south of Cardiff, also died.
A 6-year-old child died last week in a school in Surrey with the same infection.
Health officials understand a slight increase in cases of Strep A, which can cause scarlet fever, but deaths and serious complications from infection are rare.
Dr Immy Chow, Health Protection Consultant for the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), said of the Ealing case: friends and school community.
“We are working with the Ealing Council public health team to provide preventative advice to our school community to help prevent further cases and we continue to monitor the situation closely.
“Group A streptococcal infections usually cause mild illness, and information about signs and symptoms is shared with parents and staff.
“These include a sore throat, fever and minor skin infections, which can be treated with a full course of antibiotics from your GP.
“In rare cases, anyone with a high fever, severe muscle aches, pain in any part of the body, unexplained vomiting or diarrhea who may be seriously ill should call NHS 111 and seek medical attention immediately. I need to see a doctor.”
Group A streptococci can cause a wide range of infections, ranging from mild to fatal illness.
Scarlet fever is caused by Strep A and primarily affects young children, but is easily treated with antibiotics.
6-year-old boy dies of bacterial infection
According to the UK’s NHS website, the first signs of scarlet fever may be flu-like symptoms such as high fever, sore throat and swollen glands in the neck.
A rash appears after 12 to 48 hours, starting on the chest and abdomen and then spreading.
A white coating may also appear on the tongue that peels off, making the tongue red, swollen, and covered with small bumps (often called a “strawberry tongue”).