Strep A can cause ‘carnivore disease’ – Most symptoms mild, but parents need to be careful – And seventh child dead from scarlet fever
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A four-year-old in Britain who contracted strep is still fighting for her life, with her father saying her tiny body has been “destroyed” by the bacterial infection.
Camilla Rose Burns, from Bolton, England, remains on a ventilator at the children’s hospital in Liverpool, when it became known that another child – the seventh – died from streptococcus A.
“Her body is destroyed”
Camilla’s father Dean Burns has not left her side since she was rushed to hospital 10 days ago – 24 hours after they were sent home when doctors attributed her chest pains to repeated vomiting.
4-year-old Camila with her father
Speaking this morning from hospital to warn other parents to be vigilant, he said: ‘She is still fighting for her life. Her body is destroyed“, adding: “We can’t believe what happened. The pain is unimaginable. She is so beautiful, so precious and just our special little girl. We want our family back.”
And a seventh child dies from streptococcus A
Meanwhile, today it became known that one 7th child dies of strep in Englandwith parents being told to be extra careful if their children get sick.
4-year-old Camila is fighting for her life
Yesterday, in fact, Minister Nadeem Zahawi emphasized that, although most cases of streptococcus A are mild, parents should be alert to the symptoms. “It’s really important to be vigilant because in the very rare event that it becomes serious, then urgent treatment is needed. It’s highly contagious, so the important message to get across is that parents should watch out for symptoms – ie fever, headache, skin rash,” he said.
The latest victim is reportedly a 12-year-old boy. He is the first secondary school student to die from the current outbreak.
Four-year-old Muhammad Ibrahim Ali, from Buckinghamshire, died last month after contracting strep A and then going into cardiac arrest.
At the same time, thousands of parents have been terrified and are thinking of taking their children out of school, as this infection “sweeps” through the students.
What is Streptococcus A?
Streptococcus A, medically known as group A streptococcus, is a bacteria that causes a number of infections including strep throat, tonsillitis and impetigo – a skin infection. It can also cause scarlet fever.
The bacteriawhich may not cause symptoms, they can be found on the throat, skin and respiratory tract of those infected. And while the vast majority of strep A infections are relatively mild, sometimes the germ can lead to potentially life-threatening rheumatic fever if left untreated. The bacterium can, in extremely rare cases, cause a fatal disease called invasive group A streptococcal disease (iGAS).
What is invasive group A streptococcal disease?
Invasive group A streptococcal disease occurs when bacteria penetrate deep into the bodysuch as in the blood, in deep muscle layers or in the lungs.
Two of the more serious but rare forms of invasive disease are necrotizing fasciitis and streptococcal toxic shock syndrome. Necrotizing fasciitis is also known as “carnivore disease” and can occur if a wound becomes infected.
Streptococcal toxic shock syndrome is a rapidly progressive infection that causes low blood pressure/shock and damage to organs such as the kidneys, liver and lungs. This type of toxic shock has a high death rate.
What are the symptoms of Strep A?
Although strep A can cause many different serious illnesses, it tends to start with a few typical symptoms.
Signs of strep A infection include rash, sore throat, flushed cheeks, muscle aches, high fever, fatigue, ear infection, and skin sores. Symptoms last for a week, according to the NHS.
Some people who carry Strep A do not show symptoms, but they are still just as likely to spread the germ as those who have visible disease. It usually takes two to five days to get sick after being exposed to the bacteria.
Impetigo is a skin infection which starts with red sores or blisters that then burst, leaving crusty, golden spots. The infection can be treated with antibiotics.
The symptoms of scarlet fever often resemble those of the flu, such as high fever, sore throat and swollen glands in the throat. A rash appears 12 to 48 hours later, starting on the chest and stomach and then spreading. A white coating also appears on the tongue, which peels off, leaving it red, swollen and covered with small bumps.
Her signs necrotizing fasciitis include fever (high fever over 38), severe pain and swelling and redness at the site of the wound.
Early signs and symptoms of toxic shock may include fever, dizziness, confusion, low blood pressure, rash, and abdominal pain.