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A Group A streptococcal disease (GAS) outbreak (Streptococcus pyogenes) at a Montreal area senior citizen center has resulted in at least four fatalities, according to a City News report.

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According to Montreal Public Health, there are six confirmed cases of infection at Les Résidences Floralies in Lachine.

It is also reported that the outbreak has spread to an additional seniors’ home, Les Résidences Floralies in LaSalle, where at least one case has been detected.

“At this time, Montreal public health is closely monitoring the situation and an epidemiological investigation is underway,” said Jean Nicolas Aubé, a spokesperson with the Integrated University Health and Social Services Center of the Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal.

This isn’t the 1st time the Résidence Les Floralies has seen a strep A outbreak in its facility. In February 2019, the home in LaSalle was told by Accreditation Canada that it had to create a plan to detect infections and create a pandemic protocol after 3 seniors died due to the disease.

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Invasive Group A streptococcus (iGAS) infections develop when the bacterium Streptococcus pyogenes gets into the blood, joints, lungs, or lining of the brain causing severe and even life-threatening conditions. Streptococcus pyogenes also causes more common diseases, like strep throat and minor skin infections.