12 muertos por infección bacteriana rara en Essex

Doce personas murieron por un brote de una infección bacteriana rara en Essex, dijo el NHS.

La mayoría de los afectados eran "ancianos y habían estado recibiendo atención para heridas crónicas, en la comunidad, ya sea en sus propios hogares y algunos en hogares de atención", según el NHS Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

El brote de estreptococo invasor del Grupo A (iGAS) comenzó en Braintree y se extendió a las áreas de Chelmsford y Maldon, agregó.

Se han reportado 32 casos de la enfermedad.

Se ha establecido un equipo de gestión de incidentes para "controlar el incidente y controlar de cerca la situación".

The bacteria can be found in the throat and on the skin and people may carry it without displaying any symptoms.

It can live in throats and on hands for long enough to allow easy spread between people through sneezing, kissing and skin contact.

The CCG said in a report that the “sometimes life-threatening GAS disease may occur when bacteria get into parts of the body where bacteria usually are not found, such as the blood, muscle, or the lungs”.

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Rachel Hearn, director of nursing and quality, Mid Essex CCG, said: “Our thoughts are with the families of those patients who have died. The NHS in Essex is working closely with Public Health England and other partners to manage this local incident, and extra infection control measures have been put in place to prevent the infection spreading in the area.

“The risk of contracting iGAS is very low for the vast majority of people and treatment with antibiotics is very effective if started early. We will continue to work with our partners in Public Health England to investigate how this outbreak occurred and take every possible step to ensure our local community is protected.”

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