Information On Group A Streptococcus Infection (Strep A)

Strep A – also known as Group A Strep (GAS) - is a common bacterium that can cause a range of common childhood infections. In most cases, these are mild, but in rare situations the infection can lead to sepsis and other more serious complications known as invasive Group A Strep (iGAS).

There has been a recent rise in the number of infections caused by Strep A particularly in children between the ages of 1 - 4 years. Despite the increase in cases of Strep A,  invasive Group A Strep (iGAS) infections are still rare (about 6 per 100 000 of the population in children aged 1- 4 years). The fact that serious infection is still rare is really important to remember and a reassurance.

Parents must always trust their instincts and contact their doctor, or attend an emergency department if they feel their children are seriously ill or exhibit any signs of Strep A or scarlet fever. 

Sick child, toddler boy lying on the couch in living room with a fever, mother checking their temperature

If you’re concerned about Strep A and want more information and advice, here at Childhealthy, we are ready to help. Our expert doctors have extensive experience with many paediatric conditions and illnesses, ensuring your child will be in the best possible hands. 

Get in touch with Childhealthy today to get the peace of mind you need for your child’s health. 






Disclaimer: Information contained in this article is intended as general advice and does not replace a medical assessment. If you are concerned about your child please contact your doctor for advice.

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