The ‘horror’ at her children’s school was shared by This Morning host Holly Willoughby amid reports of fatal cases of Strep A among children in the UK.
It comes after a five-year-old girl died from a sickness linked to the bacterial infection, and eight children have died in the UK as a result of Strep A problems since September.
Holly stated that she had visited her children’s school on Monday and that it was “all anybody could speak about” among the parents, adding, “There’s a lot of dread and worry about this.”
Dr. Nighat, a This Morning GP, was on the show on Tuesday morning to discuss the symptoms parents should be aware of, emphasizing that most Strep A infections are minor.
She went on to add, however, that the bacterium infection might “break the borders” and enter the bloodstream, causing difficulties.
“That enters the bloodstream and can impact everything – our liver, your heart, kidneys, your joints,” she explained.
“In rare situations, persons may experience long-term difficulties.” It’s being aware of the symptoms early on since they are treatable.”
Some people will just get scarlet fever, which seldom progresses to the potentially fatal infection.
“The symptoms are a high fever – temperature about 38 or 40 degrees – sore throat, red cheeks, a rash on the skin that looks like a red prickly rash but also feels sandpapery,” Dr Nighat told ITV viewers.
“Here’s the thing: the rash does not appear red on Black and Asian skin.” It appears to be flesh-colored, yet you’re reaching for the sandpaper.”
Strep throat When a child’s health quickly deteriorates, an infection becomes severe; but, if the symptoms are recognized, it is simple to treat with an antibiotic such as Penicillin.
Dr Alan Stout, chairman of the British Medical Association’s GP committee, said the amount of deaths among youngsters was uncommon.
“The last proper outbreak was four or five years ago, and there were maybe four deaths related with that – not even direct consequence, but infection,” he explained. “So getting to eight or nine now [in the UK] is a little odd.”
The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) announced this week that five children under the age of five died in England in recent weeks after getting Strep A, increasing the total number of verified child deaths to eight.
Today, the UKHSA is due to reveal further official statistics concerning the outbreak, which might raise the figure.
Two other English children under the age of ten died within seven days of being diagnosed, though the dates of their deaths are unknown at this time.
Meanwhile, eight cases of severe strep sickness have been documented in Scotland, although no deaths have occurred. It is unknown if there are any active severe instances in Wales or Northern Ireland.