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Streptococcus A bacterial infections

Postby CielOnTap on Wed May 03, 2017 3:52 pm

While strep A can be involved in flesh-eating disease and sore throats, the bacteria can also cause the loss of digits (fingers, toes) and limbs or parts thereof.
Individuals may not know they are experiencing a strep A infection and even healthcare teams may dismiss symptoms if persons do not know the cause of their unwellness.

Recent cases in Ontario, Canada involving strep A and two persons:
While Nicole was recovering, Knapp was forwarded an article by The News about 11-year-old Mississauga girl Nupur Mate. The girl had parts of her left arm and right leg amputated earlier this year after complications from a streptococcus A bacterial infection.

The similarities were shocking to Knapp, and he told his wife about it. Speaking to her generosity of spirit, she told him she wants to reach out to Mate to talk and share her support.

http://www.thespec.com/news-story/7274424-mississauga-mother-loses-fingers-and-toes-in-battle-against-serious-strep-a-infection/

From my readings on gut health, strep A can be an issue if healthy bacteria counts are low and bad bacteria multiply in great numbers. I do not know how emergency departments can spot check persons who may be infected. The article does not indicate if the adult knew what caused her strep A infection after she received the correct diagnosis on a return hospital visit.
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Re: Streptococcus A bacterial infections

Postby CielOnTap on Wed Sep 27, 2017 1:51 pm

Why people who have floodwaters are cautioned to be careful while travelling in floodwaters-the threat of bacteria causing them ill health from waters containing all sorts of stuff including sewage . For one US woman after a recent hurricane, flesh-eating disease claimed her life.
According to Houston health officials, a Texas woman died earlier this month after suffering from a flesh-eating infection from Hurricane Harvey floodwaters, The Washington Post reported.

The Houston Chronicle reported Houston native Nancy Reed, 77, contracted a fatal bacterial skin infection after falling into dirty floodwater in her son’s home — cutting open her arm, the report said.

The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences said Reed died Sept. 15 of necrotizing fasciitis, “complicating blunt trauma of an upper extremity.” Her death is now the 36th fatality in the United States in connection to Hurricane Harvey, according to the Houston Chronicle.

“It’s tragic,” David Persse, a physician and director of Houston’s EMS and Public Health Authority, told the newspaper earlier this week. “This is one of the things we'd been worrying about once the flooding began, that something like this might occur. My heart goes out to the family.”

https://article.wn.com/view/2017/09/27/Woman_Dies_From_FleshEating_Bacteria_From_Harvey_Floodwaters/
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Re: Streptococcus A bacterial infections

Postby CielOnTap on Mon Nov 27, 2017 7:12 pm

A serious situation regarding streptococcus A infections in London, Ontario, Canada-nine deaths have occurred over 18 months due to the infections.
The outbreak was declared more than 18 months ago and the Middlesex-London Health Unit says more than 132 cases of infection have been reported since April 1, 2016.

Of the cases, 22 per cent required treatment in intensive care, 15 per cent had Streptococcal Toxic Shock Syndrome and 15 per cent had necrotizing fasciitis — also called “flesh-eating” disease.

Associate Medical Officer of Health Dr. Gayane Hovhannisyan says about half of the cases have been among injection drug users and/or people without access to stable housing.

https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2017/11/27/nine-dead-in-streptococcus-outbreak-in-london-ont-area-health-officials-say.html
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