What is Strep A?

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Overview:

The number of Strep A infection cases have increased recently in the UK, especially after COVID-19 restrictions are no longer mandatory.

What is Strep A?

  • Strep A, also known as Group A Streptococcus, is a bacterium found in the throat and on the skin.
  • It can cause many different infections, ranging from mild to serious. Some of these diseases include Strep throat, Scarlet fever, Impetigo,Necrotizing fasciitis, Cellulitis etc.
  • These are communicable and can spread through coughs, sneezes and close contact.
  • These infections usually tend to be fairly harmless but in very rare circumstances when the bacterium produces a toxin it can gain access to the bloodstream and cause really serious illness.
  • Antibiotics are usually effective at treating Strep A or iGAS infections. Currently, there is no vaccine available to prevent them.

 


Q1) What is Group A Streptococcus?

Group A streptococci are ubiquitous bacteria encountered on a daily basis, which have the potential to cause a wide range of infections in humans ranging from relatively minor cases of pharyngitis to life-threatening infections such as necrotizing fasciitis.

Source: Times of India