Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a health advisory On Thursday, it alerted clinicians and public health officials to a recent increase in invasive streptococcal infections in children.
The CDC was notified in November of possible increases in infections in hospitals in Colorado, and possible increases in other states, according to a provider-based report from the Infectious Diseases Society of America. pointed out. Emerging Infectious Disease Network.
According to the CDC, where respiratory syncytial virus, influenza virus, COVID-19, and other respiratory viruses are on the rise, so are streptococcal A infections.
Although overall case numbers remain low and invasive streptococcal A infections remain rare in children, the CDC said it was investigating an increase in cases and issued a health advisory.
Invasive group A streptococcal bacteria can cause pharyngitis (streptococcal pharyngitis) and skin and soft tissue infections, leading to rare but serious diseases (septicemia, streptococcal toxic shock syndrome, necrotizing fasciitis). etc.) can cause a variety of diseases. According to the CDC, these serious and invasive diseases are associated with high mortality and require immediate treatment, including appropriate antibiotic therapy.
Who may be at risk?
The groups with the highest risk levels are:
- Over 65 years old
- Native Americans and Alaska Natives
- Nursing home resident
- People with medical conditions such as diabetes, malignancies, immunosuppression, chronic kidney disease, heart or respiratory disease
- Those with wounds or skin diseases
- People who inject drugs or are homeless
Recommendations from the CDC for healthcare providers include:
- Provide rapid vaccination for all who have not been vaccinated against influenza and chickenpox
- Educate the patient about the signs and symptoms of invasive Strep A, especially those at high risk.
You can find more recommendations Here.