132 Additional Confirmed Cases Of Group A Streptococcal
Monday 26th, June 2023
Ireland Report / Story
There are an additional 132 conformed cases since the last update on the 2nd of May 2023 in Ireland.

Out of the total of 384 cases of iGAS in Ireland, 155 cases were in children under the age of 18 years old, 136 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 12 deaths in children (10 in children aged under 10 years old and two in children aged 10-17 years)
and 13 in adults (age range, 46-96 years).

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