In a startling revelation, Canada’s public health agency has recorded an unprecedented alarmingincrease in strep A infections, raising grave concerns, particularly for children under 15. The situation has become increasingly dire, with at least six tragic deaths reported in Ontario alone.
The Severity of the Issue:
According to CTVnews, Dr. Kwadwo Kyeremanteng, Head of Critical Care at The Ottawa Hospital, underscores the urgency, describing the infections as “rapidly progressive and life-threatening.” Shockingly, cases have emerged in intensive care units, resulting in significant consequences such as limb loss and fatalities.
The Alarming Numbers:
As of January 9, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has received over 4,600 invasive group A streptococcus samples in 2023, marking the highest annual total in Canadian history. This staggering figure represents a 40% increase from the previous peak in 2019, signaling a concerning trend.
Children at Higher Risk:
Early data indicates that the highest increases in invasive group A streptococcus infections are found in children under 15. The severity of the infections poses a serious threat to their health.
Understanding Invasive Infections:
Invasive group A streptococcus occurs when the bacteria leads to deeper infections, potentially causing pneumonia, flesh-eating diseases, or toxic shock syndrome. These severe outcomes, though less common, can be deadly, with approximately one in ten people succumbing to invasive infections.
Take Action to Protect Your Family:
Amidst this health crisis, it’s crucial to be proactive. Stay informed about the symptoms and risks associated with strep A infections. Be vigilant for signs such as severe pain, spreading infections, or unusual skin color changes.
A Call to Action:
To ensure the safety of your family, take immediate action. Book an at-home Strep throat test through the Avvy app. Safeguard your loved ones and contribute to the collective effort to curb the rise of strep A infections. Your health matters—schedule your test with Avvy today!
About Avvy Health
Avvy is the first mobile platform to connect qualified healthcare providers with Canadians looking to access healthcare services from the comfort and safety of home. The company’s mission is to deliver a seamless, safe and secure experience for both patients and providers. Avvy is currently available in Greater Montreal and Quebec City, with plans to expand to other Canadian cities. Users can download the app for both Apple and Android smartphones.
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