PUBLISHED: 17:29 27. June 2019 | UPDATED: 17:44 June 27, 2019
Content is copyright. Employees fighting the outbreak of a dead infection in Essex have been treated with antibiotics since the spread has been intensified.
Twelve people died after 32 cases of a rare disease called group A invasive streptococci of the disease were identified d in Braintree, Chelmsford and Maldon.
During a meeting on Thursday, Dr. Anna Davey of the Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group expressed her condolences to the affected families and explained what is being done to fight the incident and prevent further spread.
She said that the majority of affected patients are elderly people treated in nursing homes or in their own four wounds. Public Health England confirmed that no other cases have been identified so far and that Suffolk organizations in the county have not been alerted.
"We have taken measures to prevent the spread of this infection, including its distribution to all community caregivers Treat patients with chronic wound antibiotic prophylaxis," she said at the meeting.
"A thorough cleaning of all municipal nurses was carried out in all rooms to ensure that the infection does not spread through the area. The CM7 Braintree area initially only works within this postal code."
"This is because the Most cases were in this area.
"We are taking wound swabs from all patients who are being treated for wounds. She added," We understand that this is a worrying time for people to ple, and know how frustrating it is that we respond to many of the issues You may have no answers. However, we want to reassure citizens that the risk of acquiring iGAS is very low for most people.
"Treatment with antibiotics is very effective if started early."
What is an invasive group A streptococcus?
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Most infections can lead to mild illnesses such as sore throat, also known as sore throat or scarlet fever, or fever skin infection.
For most healthy people, this is merely a mild disease.
In rare cases, however, group A streptococci may invade the body, causing severe and sometimes life-threatening conditions.
Although it is rare, it is not new and has been seen in the UK. Davey.
"We want to make sure that the local community is protected"
A The newly created Incident Management team, set up after the outbreak, is working hard to understand why happened, and prevent more people from becoming infected.
Jorg Hoffman from Public Health England also attended The meeting gave the commissioners a detailed insight into the disease and how it can spread.
Physicians continue to work with the organization to stop the spread of the outbreak and to ensure that the local community is protected. Incident.
Those affected can call the toll-free number 03000 032124 Monday to Friday from 9 to 17 o'clock.
For more information, see the Mid Essex CCG website .