Medical professionals are required to report cases of invasive Group A streptococcal disease to public health officers in order to prevent the spread of infection. From September to May, 1,500 cases were reported across England and Wales, according to official figures. Ten percent of those affected were children.
In that report, Public Health England urged medical professionals to be vigilant. “Maintain a high index of suspicion in relevant patients as early recognition and prompt initiation of specific and supportive therapy” for patients with the infection “can be lifesaving,” the agency said.
Britain has been hit by a number of different, unrelated and equally localized infections in the past few months.
Two people died in January after they contracted a fungal infection caused by pigeon droppings in Glasgow, the BBC reported, while five patients’ deaths in England were linked to a listeria outbreak tied to sandwiches and salads, Public Health England said this month.
The Royal Cornwall Hospital closed three of its wards on Wednesday after an outbreak of norovirus, local news outlets reported.
But unrelated, localized infections are not uncommon, a spokeswoman for Public Health England said by phone on Wednesday.
“It is not unusual to have lots of infectious diseases,” she said. “These are not viral outbreaks.”
Rare Bacterial Infection Leaves at Least 12 Dead in U.K. – The New York Times