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Health warning on invasive group A streptococcal disease 23 December 2022

Status: Active

Date issued: 23 December 2022

Issued by: Professor Brett Sutton, Chief Health Officer

Issued to: Health professionals

Key messages

  • A recent increase in cases of invasive group A streptococcal disease (iGAS) has been observed in Victoria, and internationally.
  • iGAS is caused by infection with a bacterium known as Group A (beta-haemolytic) Streptococcus, which also commonly causes skin and throat infections.
  • Clinical manifestations of iGAS include sepsis, streptococcal toxic shock syndrome, necrotizing fasciitis, pneumonia/empyema, retropharyngeal abscess, meningitis, osteomyelitis and septic arthritis.
  • Young children, pregnant or post-partum women, and the elderly are at increased risk of iGAS.
  • Clinicians should consider testing, urgent hospital referral and empiric treatment for patients with a compatible clinical illness.
  • The overall risk of iGAS for the general population remains low.
  • iGAS is a routine notifiable condition in Victoria (laboratories only).
  • Read the full advisory.

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