‘Amputation’ and ‘flesh-eating disease’: Canadians ending up in the hospital with invasive strep A – CTV

Jan. 25, 2024

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has noted more than 4,600(opens in a new tab) invasive group A streptococcus samples from 2023 – the highest Canada has seen.

Group A streptococcus, a bacteria that can cause illnesses like strep throat, can develop into acute infections that can lead to pneumonia, a flesh-eating disease, or toxic shock syndrome.

Some Canadians across the country that contracted the bacteria have developed infections requiring hospital treatment.

CTVNews.ca asked about their experiences with strep A, and what sort of symptoms occurred. The emailed responses have not been independently verified.

‘Amputation’ and ‘flesh-eating disease’
Lindsey Robinson has been dealing with flesh-eating disease, or Necrotizing fasciitis(opens in a new tab), a bacteria that destroys skin, fat and tissue, since April 2023.

The 37-year-old, mother of two from Kingston, Ont., said her day began normally; she did not feel sick.

Read more: https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/amputation-and-flesh-eating-disease-canadians-ending-up-in-the-hospital-with-invasive-strep-a-1.6740437

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