56 Confirmed Cases Of Invasive Group A Streptococcal (iGAS)
Thursday 8th, December 2022
Irish Report / Story
There are a total of 56 confirmed cases as of the 7th of December 2022 in Ireland.

Out of these 56 cases of iGAS in Ireland, 15 cases were in children under the age of 10 years old compared to 22 cases in children under 10 years old for the same period in 2019.

22 of the iGAS cases in Ireland are reported to have been seen since the beginning of the 5th of October 2022, 5 cases which were aged 10 years old or under. One child has sadly died.

A common presentation of GAS in children can be scarlet fever which causes the following symptoms: fever, a raised rash which can feel rough to the touch like sandpaper, sore throat, and a swollen tongue.

Whilst GAS infections, including scarlet fever, are common; the more serious Invasive Group A Streptococcal (iGAS) infections are rare.

More details on what to look out for in children can be found at the below links.