Deadly Strep Strain on the Rise in the UK

Deadly Strep Strain on the Rise in the UK


I’,m Shelby Cullinan with today’s health news.
Strep throat may now have a dangerous new cousin. A new study from the UK found that
a new, potent streptococcus strain may leave 1 in every 4 people infected dead. The UK
has recently seen an influx of the new strain, and now researchers from Imperial College
London and Public Health England are looking into why. According to the CDC, group A streptococcus
(GAS) is a family of bacteria that often lives in the throat and on the skin without causing
any illness at all. The bacteria can cause infections, but most result in relatively
mild illnesses like strep throat More rarely, however, GAS can cause an invasive infection
where the bacteria penetrates deep into the tissues and organs of the body. But GAS hasn’t
just made the UK its home — a wave of infections have recently been reported in Japan, Canada,
France and Sweden, reports The Telegraph. The CDC recommends good hand washing to lower
the chance of spreading GAS, especially after coughing or sneezing and before preparing
foods.

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