By NewsDesk  @bactiman63

The Community of Madrid has detected, since last October 19, 16 cases of minors with invasive disease due to streptococcus A , including two patients who died, and at this time, after the alert issued by the United Kingdom, is studying whether the frequency of these infections is higher than usual.

Group A Streptococci, colored yellow
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In a statement released this Wednesday, the Madrid Ministry of Health explains that the other 14 diagnosed cases, all of them aged between 1 and 12 years, are hospitalized with the corresponding antibiotic treatment and are responding favorably.

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Streptococcus A is a common bacterium that usually does not cause complications; It usually produces a wide variety of infections as common as pharyngitis or mild irritations that are treated with antibiotics, although it can lead to more serious ones such as pneumonia or scarlet fever.

The General Directorate of Public Health of Madrid is reviewing the series of cases from the years prior to the coronavirus pandemic to determine whether or not there is a change in the pattern of severity.

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The Ministry of Health, through its General Directorate of Public Health, has assured that “it is in contact with the autonomous communities and cities to gather information on the possible cases detected in recent weeks and to be able to carry out an analysis of the situation”. Therefore, the health systems are “in a situation of active surveillance”.