Bacteria that devastates Europe causes first fatality in Portugal

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Seven-year-old child died in Lisbon from invasive disease caused by Streptococcus A.

A child, 7 years old, died in Lisbon, victim of the invasive disease caused by Streptococcus A.

The child was admitted to the CUF Almada clinic with fever and sore throat, and returned the next day. She was transferred to Santa Maria Hospital, in Lisbon, where she died.

The Directorate-General of Health (DGS) explained to Correio da Manhã that it considers that the cases recorded in Portugal “do not present the profile of a sharp increase in the number of cases of infection that has been reported since September by affected countries in Central and Northern Europe”, so “the recommendations for early detection of infection and severity criteria, sampling for genotyping and monitoring of the situation are maintained.

In Portugal, from 2016 to 2019, 6 deaths associated with Streptococcus A. Fever, pain, skin rashes, muscle aches and scarlet fever are symptoms to watch out for.

In Europe, dozens of children have died since September 2022. The UK alone records more than 30 deaths.

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