Streptococcal disease – Australia

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A 11-months-old toddler came close to loosing her leg after contracting a flesh-eating infection caused by Strep A.

The child suffered from bout of colds that lasted for about a month and was taken to hospital where she was diagnosed with the bacteria that was affecting her limb.

750 million people are impacted by the disease, which kills more than 500,000 people around the world every year.

The illness can cause acute rheumatic fever, heart disease, kidney disease and toxic shock syndrome. Young children, the elderly and pregnant women are susceptible to the bug.

Photo: Streptococcus pyrogenes bacteria (red).

A group A streptococcal infection is a bacterial infection. It is responsible for a range of diseases in humans. These diseases include strep throat (acute pharyngitis) and skin and soft tissue infections. These may vary from very mild conditions to severe, life-threatening diseases (flesh eating disease and toxic shock syndrome).

The best way to prevent infections is through effective hand hygiene.

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