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Changes to invasive group A streptococcal disease notification

Status: Active

Date issued: 26 February 2024

Issued by: Dr Clare Looker, Chief Health Officer

Issued to: Health professionals

Key messages

  • From 1 March 2024, invasive group A streptococcal disease (iGAS) will become an urgent notifiable condition for medical practitioners and pathology services in Victoria.
  •  iGAS is a severe, invasive disease caused by infection with Streptococcus pyogenes, also known as Group A Streptococcus.
  • iGAS can present as bacteraemia/septicaemia, necrotising fasciitis, streptococcal toxic shock syndrome or other serious illnesses which are associated with high morbidity and mortality.
  • Diagnosis of iGAS relies on the laboratory detection of Streptococcus pyogenes and clinical information.
  • Medical practitioners and pathology services must notify cases of iGAS immediately upon diagnosis to the Department of Health. Pathology services must also provide written notification within 5 working days.
  • Read the full advisory on health.vic.

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