News article published on: 29th July 2019
A highly infectious bacterial infection broke out last month and the Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) confirmed that people have become infected, across Essex, and the number of deaths has reached 13.
The most common sign of Strep A is a sore throat that comes on quickly. Other symptoms can include painful swallowing, red and swollen tonsils, fever.
Stephanie Prior, our Head of Medical Negligence who lives in Chelmsford spoke to Essex Live and advised that the outbreak is likely due to poor hygiene standards. As a former nurse, Stephanie has highlighted the crucial need for the highest standards of cleanliness. Strep A can spread quickly if hands are not washed properly causing the infection to go from one patient to the next.