CHO Health Advisory: Recent increase in Invasive Group A Streptococcal disease in Victoria

02 November, 2017

Status:  Active  

Date issued:  1 November 2017 
Issued by:   Dr Brett Sutton, Acting Chief Health Officer, Victoria
Issued to:  Health professionals and laboratories
Key messages

• There has been a recent increase in cases of invasive group A streptococcal disease (iGAS) in Victoria. 
• Clinical manifestations of iGAS include sepsis, streptococcal toxic shock syndrome, necrotising fasciitis, pneumonia/empyema, retropharyngeal abscess, osteomyelitis/septic arthritis, and (rarely) meningitis.
• Young children, pregnant women and the elderly are at increased risk of iGAS infections.
• There is an increased risk of secondary cases of iGAS in household contacts of index cases.
• Household contacts require information about the increased risk and chemoprophylaxis should be considered.
More information 
Read the full advisory on health.vic
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