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"Murder bacteria" outbreak worries Skåne

Published måndag 30 april 2012 kl 14.26

A number of infections caused by Group A streptococcus bacteria have broken out in Skåne and the infectious disease center in that region is worried about the development, reports news agency TT. Forty-three people have been infected, and eleven of them have life-threatening cases. And one elderly woman in her 80's has died.

Most of the people with the more serious cases were infected through the skin, and the bacteria then entered the muscles.

"It's important that you operate quickly, otherwise the infection breaks down the muscles and you can die," says Åsa Hallgårde, the chief physician in the Skåne region.

Group A streptococcus is sometimes called murder bacteria, but most people who are infected do not die. It is the most common cause of strep throat and can also cause the skin disease Erysipelas.

In some cases, Group A streptococcus can be aggressive, sending people to the emergency room, causing high fever, and in the worst case, death.

The Skåne Infectious Disease department has issued warnings in the region.

So far the outbreak is isolated to that region.

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