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03rd Apr 2023

Family of girl who died after late Strep A diagnosis speak out

She passed away four years ago.

The family of a young girl in Cork who sadly died following a late diagnosis of Strep A speak out about the symptoms to look out for.

Vivienne sadly died four years ago of invasive Group A Strep infection and her parents Lilly and Dermot Murphy have now claimed she might still be here if the signs had been spotted earlier.

According to the HSE, Strep A is a common bacteria found in the throat or skin, usually causing mild illnesses like sore throats and skin infections. In rarer cases, it can cause a severe and life-threatening condition called invasive group A streptococcal disease (iGAS)

Following Vivienne’s death, Lilly and Dermot are calling for more awareness of the dangers of the illness if it is not spotted earlier.

The HPSC in Ireland listed the symptoms of scarlet fever to look out for.

Symptoms include a fever, a rash, flushed cheeks, and a sore throat. Your child will also have a swollen tongue.

The tongue may be covered in a white coating. This coating will peel and leave the tongue swollen and red. This is known as ‘strawberry tongue’.

The rash is typically found in the joint creases, as well as over the child’s stomach. It can feel rough, like sandpaper.

Children who contract scarlet fever will often have a mild infection. Complications are rare, but they are still possible.

Complications include ear infections, throat abscesses, and pneumonia.

In extreme cases, children may develop kidney damage, as well as heart damage.

Luckily, these rare complications can be prevented if the child is treated promptly. Antibiotics will help prevent complications.

It typically affects children under the age of 10, but it can affect children of all ages.

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