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A British dad nearly died after mistaking a severe Strep A infection for a typical case of "man flu." Alex Lewis spent months undergoing intensive surgeries to remove his limbs and parts of his face after doctors gave the 42-year-old only a three percent chase of survival. A surge in Strep A cases in recent weeks has already claimed the lives of nine children in the UK.
Alex's ordeal began back in November 2013 when he first began to feel unwell with what he thought was just a bad case of flu.
Waking up on November 17 the dad awoke in intense pain and notice his skin had started going purple.
'Helpless' mum of two boys with Strep A felt like 'screaming at doctor' and warns parents over key symptoms
Aimee Byron says she first noticed her two sons had sore throats and stopped going to the toiletBut after a few days of suffering, she took him back to the GP where he was diagnosed with Strep A and taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital for treatment. Jamie had a sore throat, large glands, was drowsy and holding his ears, couldn’t swallow drinks and wasn’t passing urine.
He was raced to the hospital where doctors placed him on special machines to prevent organ failure.
A Strep A infection which for most people results in a sore throat had led the Briton to contract septicaemia and go into septic shock.
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Schools may receive antibiotic deliveries as the death toll from Strep A infections continues to rise.
Another child was reported dead this morning after contracting the bacteria, bringing the death toll to nine.
Acute pharyngitis is the 'most common' symptom of Strep A to spot as deaths rise in the UK
Despite the rising death toll, experts stress that most Strep A cases are only mild and don't lead to life-threatening disease.Strep A, or Group A Streptococcus, describes a bacteria that targets your throat and nose. Worryingly, the number of children who died from a severe Strep A infection has risen to nine since September. While invasive Streptococcus infections are rare, there has been an increase in severe cases this year. Fortunately, experts share the "most common" symptoms that could help you identify the condition promptly.
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Months of surgeries followed with doctors left with few options but to amputate Alex's arms and legs.
Reconstruction was also carried out to Alex'' face as the bacteria had attacked the area around his mouth severely.
The 42-year-old battled through the treatment and managed to survive despite having been given such a grim prognosis by medics.
Alex's near miss came amid a rise in Step A infections which has already claimed nine children's lives and the father is eager to warn others to be on guard.
He said: "I saw an interview with the father of a little girl in Alder Hey hospital and that was pretty raw.
"I can only imagine what he's going through and I know my family went through similar. It's tough.
"It's great that the media is raising awareness.
I think it's important parents don't panic as it is cold and flu season, but with low baseline immunity after two years of not mixing, things are spreading in schools and it's quite a worrying time."
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Group A Strep infections can cause a variety of inflammatory conditions - including an invasive form that can be fatal for children, the elderly and those with existing conditions.Group A Streptococcus is a group of infectious bacteria that can cause various inflammatory conditions including strep throat, scarlet fever, and various skin infections. It can be spread by close contact with an infected person, by coughs and sneezes, and via wounds.
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