Eighth child dies in UK after being diagnosed with Strep A

A primary school pupil has become the eighth child in the UK to die after being diagnosed with Strep A, according to reports.

Children and staff at Morelands Primary in Waterlooville, Hampshire are said to be ‘devastated’ following the tragedy.

The news was confirmed by headteacher Alison Syred-Paul on Monday.

She said: ‘Very tragically, we have learned of the death in recent days of a child who attended our school, who was also diagnosed with an invasive Group A Streptococcal (iGAS) infection.

‘We are absolutely devastated by the loss of one of our young pupils and offer our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the child’s family at this extremely sad time.

‘We ask that the privacy of the family is respected. We are working closely with public health authorities to ensure that the family, our pupils and staff receive support.’

Ms Syred-Paul added that the school had been working to educate people on symptoms of Group A Streptococcal (iGAS) infections ‘as a precaution’.

Speaking to The News, she said parents, carers and the wider school community had been advised of what to do if a child develops them.

Group A Streptococcus is the name given to a type of bacteria sometimes found in the throat or on the skin.

It usually causes mild illness, like a sore throat and skin infection, and most people carry it without any symptoms.

Rarely though, these bacteria can cause severe and life-threatening illness called invasive Group A Streptococcal disease.

Cases of invasive Group A Strep are currently four times higher than normal among children aged between one and four, according to UK Health Security Agency (UKSHA) figures.

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