UK health experts investigate Strep A infections after five deaths
They stress it's usually mild, but can be serious in rare cases
Health experts are investigating cases of Strep A infection after five deaths of young children and a rise in cases.
The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said there had been a rise in cases of rare invasive Group A strep this year, particularly in children under 10, with five deaths this season.
Group A strep bacteria can cause many different infections, ranging from minor illnesses to deadly diseases.
They include the skin infection impetigo, scarlet fever and strep throat.
While the vast majority of infections are relatively mild, sometimes the bacteria cause a life-threatening illness called invasive Group A Streptococcal disease.Published: by Radio NewsHub