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Strep A: What to know about the usually mild infection leading to children’s deaths

By Jennifer Hassan, Adela Suliman

06 Dec 2022 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

Have you heard of Strep A? Over recent weeks, several children have died in the UK due to this common and usually mild bacterial infection. The Washington Post breakdowns some of the key questions.

A rare, invasive form of a usually mild and common bacterial infection has killed several children in the United Kingdom in recent weeks, according to public health authorities, prompting alarm among parents and vulnerable adults.

There have been seven confirmed deaths in England and one in Wales caused by the Group A streptococcus bacteria, also known as Strep A, a spokesman for the U.K. Health Security Agency (UKHSA) told The Washington Post on Tuesday. British media say the death toll may be higher.

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