41 Additional Confirmed Cases Of Group A Streptococcal
Friday 20th, January 2023
Irish Report / Story
There are an additional 41 conformed cases since the last update on the 22nd of December 2022 in Ireland.

Out of the total of 114 cases of iGAS in Ireland, 23 cases were in children under the age of 10 years old.

77 have been reported since the 1st October 2022.

Since October 2022, there have been four deaths in children: three deaths in children aged under 10 years old and one death in a child aged 10-17 years. There have been no deaths to date in 2023.

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