- Health officials in the U.K. are warning parents to be alert after a recent spate of Strep A infections resulted in the deaths of at least six children.
- Streptococcus A — or Group A Strep (GAS) — is a bacterial infection of the throat or skin which can sometimes cause scarlet fever.
- In rare occasions, the bacteria can get into the bloodstream and cause an illness called invasive Group A strep (iGAS), which can be fatal.
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