Doctors worry more kids may be getting sick with invasive strep A. Here are the facts – CTV

Dec. 21, 2022

TORONTO – Some Canadian officials are reporting an uptick in invasive Group A streptococcus infections, echoing the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the U.S., which are both investigating cases in children.
In Canada, Public Health Ontario confirmed to The Canadian Press in an email on Tuesday that it is “currently seeing an increase in cases for Invasive Group A Strep.”

Health officials in Montreal are asking health-care providers to be “extra vigilant” in screening for signs of the disease.

As of Dec. 15, four children aged two years and under have had confirmed invasive Group A streptococcus in Montreal, according to the city’s public health department. Two of those children died. By comparison, the department said, during the same time periods between 2017 and 2021, there were either no cases or one case each year.

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