12 die from rare bacterial infection in Essex

July 5, 2019

Twelve people have been killed by an outbreak of a rare bacterial infection in Essex, England, according to an article on the Independent website.

Most of those affected were elderly and had been receiving care for chronic wounds, either in their own homes and some in care homes, according to the NHS Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

The outbreak of invasive Group A streptococcus (iGAS) started in Braintree and spread to the Chelmsford and Maldon areas. 

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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