179 Additional Confirmed Cases Of Group A Streptococcal
Tuesday 2nd, May 2023
Ireland Report / Story
There are an additional 179 conformed cases since the last update on the 23rd of December 2022 in Ireland.

Out of the total of 252 cases of iGAS in Ireland, 95 cases were in children under the age of 18 years old, 83 were aged 0 to 9 years old.

This contrasts with the pre-pandemic years when approximately 25% of iGAS infections were in children aged under 18 years.

There has been an 7 deaths in children and 12 in adults.

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