Tributes to Hove schoolgirl who died of Strep A

Tributes have been poured in after a Hove schoolgirl who died of Strep A.

The girl was a 12-year-old pupil at Hove Park School on Hangleton Way and was taken to Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, The Argus knows.

Experts from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and Brighton and Hove City Council are working with the school to provide advice on public health action needed and to provide accurate information to the community.

Hove MP Peter Kyle said he was “deeply sorry” to hear of the girl’s death.

He said: “My heart goes out to her family, friends and school community who will miss her so much.”

Dawn Barnett and Nick Lewry, councilors for Hangleton and Knoll Parish – where the school is located – said they were “very saddened” by the news.

Cllr Barnett said: “It is a great tragedy and I sympathize with the family.”

Cllr Lewry also said he was saddened by the news, saying: “I think the government should step in and start doing something about this.

“There are not enough antibiotics and the government should take care of them and have them supplied.”

Argus readers also expressed their sadness at the girl’s death, describing the news as “heartbreaking” and sending love to her family and friends.

As of Monday, 26 children in Sussex had been infected with the disease, but that number is now thought to be higher.

Hove schoolgirl’s death brings total number of child deaths from Strep A to 16.

Earlier this week Health Secretary Steve Barclay said inspections within the Department of Health had revealed no problem with the supply of medicines, despite claims from pharmacists that access to antibiotics, including the liquid version of penicillin which is often given to children, is restricted.

Group A streptococci can cause many different infections, ranging from mild illnesses to fatal illnesses.

While the vast majority of infections are relatively mild, the bacteria can sometimes cause a life-threatening illness called invasive group A streptococcal disease.

You can reduce your chances of contracting or spreading the disease by washing your hands frequently with soap and water, covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough and sneeze, and discarding used tissues as soon as possible.

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