CDC issues warning about strep A infections in children

CDC issues warning about strep A infections in children

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a health warning on Thursday alerting clinicians and public health authorities to a recent increase in invasive strep A infections in children.

The CDC was notified of a possible increase in infections at a Colorado hospital in November, and a possible increase in infections in other states was noted by the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Emerging Infections Network.

The CDC says that places where there has been an increase in respiratory syncytial virus, influenza virus, COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses have also seen an increase in strep A infections.

While the total number of cases remains low and invasive strep A infections remain rare in children, the CDC said it is investigating the rise in cases and has issued a health advisory.

Invasive group A streptococcal bacteria “can cause a range of diseases, from pharyngitis (ie, sore throat) and skin and soft tissue infections to uncommon but serious diseases such as sepsis, streptococcal toxic shock syndrome, and necrotizing fasciitis. These severe and invasive diseases are associated with high mortality rates and require prompt treatment, including appropriate antibiotic therapy,” according to the CDC.

Who might be at risk?

Groups with the highest levels of risk include:

  • People aged 65 or older
  • American Indians and Alaska Natives
  • Users of long-term care institutions
  • People with medical conditions such as diabetes, malignant diseases, immunosuppression, chronic diseases of the kidneys, heart or respiratory system
  • People with wounds or skin diseases
  • People who inject drugs or are homeless

CDC recommendations for healthcare providers include:

  • Offer prompt vaccination against flu and varicella to all people who have not been vaccinated
  • Educating patients about the signs and symptoms of invasive streptococcal A, especially those at increased risk.

You can find more recommendations here.

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