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With our correspondent in London,

Emeline Vin

The authorities are trying to reassure: Streptococcus A is a banal bacteria that generates serious infections in very rare cases. But they recall the symptoms that must alert: influenza syndrome, very painful throat, swollen lymph nodes, sometimes purulent rash. Children must then be taken care of immediately and undergo antibiotic treatment.

The authorities reassure

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every year, cases of infections are identified, generally in the spring; But the season arrives almost three months in advance this year, and at rates five times higher at the pre-Pandemic levels. Successive confinements since 2020 have been able to lead to a weakening of the most vulnerable immune system, especially children.

For the moment, the health authorities reassure the state of antibiotic stocks: the United Kingdom is not on alert, even if pharmacists are invited to make reservations. They do not recommend the isolation of classes with a case of Streptococcus A infection.

Secretaries of State for Health and Education evoke this Tuesday, December 6, the possibility of placing students under antibiotics preventively.

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