HSE confirms death of four-year-old child from Strep A infection

The HSE today confirmed that a four-year-old child has died of Strep A infection.

The child, believed to be from Dublin, died after developing the invasive and potentially fatal Strep A infection.

A spokeswoman said local health teams are supporting the family and the school the child attends.

dr Éamonn O’Moore, Director of the HSE Health Protection Surveillance Center (HPSC) said: “The news of the death of a child with Strep A will be worrying for parents, but it’s important to know that most children infected with Group A Strep Sick infections have mild illness that can be treated with antibiotics.

“Group A streptococci are common bacteria that are often and usually relatively mild and self-limiting. They can cause infections such as tonsillitis and pharyngitis, as well as scarlet fever.

“The HPSC is closely monitoring Strep A and scarlet fever and so far there is no evidence that a new strain is circulating. There is likely a combination of factors as to why there has been a slight increase in infections this season, including increased post-pandemic social mixing compared to previous years, as well as increases in other respiratory viruses.

If anyone with symptoms of the winter virus is unwell, to stop the spread, stay home and that includes not sending sick children to daycare or school until they are better.”

The HPSC has contacted schools and childcare providers with information about Strep A infections, including scarlet fever, as well as other wintertime viruses.

In its advice to parents, the HSE said:

It is always worrying when a child is unwell. Such infections cause various symptoms such as sore throat, fever, chills, and muscle aches.

As a parent, if you feel your child is seriously ill, you should use your own judgment.

Contact your GP if:

  • Your child is getting worse and worse
  • Your child is eating or eating much less than normal
  • Your child has had a dry diaper for 12 hours or more or is showing other signs of dehydration
  • Your baby is younger than 3 months and has a temperature of 38°C or older than 3 months and has a temperature of 39°C or more
  • Your baby will feel hotter than usual when you touch their back or chest, or feel sweaty
  • Your child is very tired or irritable

Call 999 or go to an emergency room if:

  • Your child has trouble breathing – you may notice grunting noises or sucking on the abdomen under the ribs;
  • There are pauses when your child is breathing
  • your child’s skin, tongue or lips are blue
  • Your child is limp and will not wake up or stay awake.

There has been a small increase in iGAS in Ireland since early October.

To date, HPSC have reported 56 iGAS cases in Ireland in 2022, 15 affecting children under 10 years of age, compared to 22 cases in children under 10 years of age during the same period in 2019.

During the pandemic, normal social mixing patterns have been disrupted, leading to changes in the appearance of diseases like iGAS.

Of the 56 iGAS cases reported in Ireland in 2022, 22 have been reported since early October, with 5 being under the age of 10.

A common presentation of GAD in children can be scarlet fever, which causes the following symptoms: fever, a raised rash that can feel rough like sandpaper, a sore throat, and a swollen tongue.

While GAS infections, including scarlet fever, are common; The more serious invasive group A streptococcal (iGAS) infections are rare.

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