Group A streptococcus (GAS) is a common bacteria.
Lots of us carry it in our throats and on our skin and it doesn’t always result in illness. However, GAS does cause several infections, some are mild and easily treated with antibiotics. But rarely, the infection can cause serious problems. This is called invasive group A strep (iGAS) and this is what you may be reading about in the media and causing you concern.
The most serious infections linked to GAS come from invasive group A strep, known as iGAS. These infections are caused by the bacteria getting into parts of the body where it is not normally found, such as the lungs or bloodstream. In very rare cases an iGAS infection can be fatal.
It’s always concerning when a child is unwell. GAS infections cause various symptoms such as sore throat, fever, chills, and muscle aches. As a parent, if you feel that your child seems seriously unwell, you should trust your own judgement.
Please see the link below for parental advice on managing Strep-A:
For further information on Strep-A, please follow the NHS link below: