Primary school pupil, 6, dies after bacteria outbreak at Surrey school

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ONE primary school student has died and another is being treated in hospital after a bacteria outbreak at a primary school in Surrey.

The two pupils were believed to be in the same year at Ashford Church of England Primary School.

The couple caught the rare invasive group A streptococcal infection (iGAS), the UK Health Safety Agency (UKHSA) said. The government said it had recommended that staff and pupils be prescribed antibiotics.

The child who died is believed to be six years old and in Year 1.

Dr. Claire Winslade, health protection consultant at UKHSA South East, said: “We are extremely saddened to hear of the death of a pupil at Ashford Church of England School and our thoughts go out to their family, friends and the school community.

“As a safety measure, we have recommended antibiotics for pupils and staff in the same year groups as the affected persons. We have advised the school to help prevent further cases and will continue to monitor the situation.

“Information has been shared with parents about the signs and symptoms of iGAS, which include high fever with severe muscle aches, pain in one area of ​​the body and unexplained vomiting or diarrhoea. Anyone with these symptoms should call NHS11 immediately.”

Infection with group A Streptococcus bacteria usually causes a sore throat or skin rash and is passed by physical contact or through droplets from sneezing or coughing.

In very rare cases, the infection can become invasive and enter parts of the body where bacteria are not normally found, and can cause serious and life-threatening diseases such as necrotizing fasciitis and streptococcal toxic shock syndrome.

A UKHSA spokesman said: “Specialists are ensuring antibiotics are being offered to pupils and staff at a Surrey school as a precaution, following two cases of invasive group A streptococcal infection (iGAS).

“Sadly one pupil from Ashford Church of England Primary School has died and another is in hospital but showing positive signs of recovery.”

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