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More streptococcal infections: health agency warns caution in severe cases

In Belgium, more and more people have been infected with streptococcus for several months. The Flemish Health Agency drew attention to this on Wednesday.

The agency said that while most of these cases are not serious and the pathogens will disappear on their own after a while, there are more serious diseases that need urgent treatment.

Invasive streptococcal infection can cause serious illnesses such as severe pneumonia and septicemia. Because of this and because there are more cases, people are being asked to be vigilant, according to Joris Munens, a spokesman for the Flemish health agency. Even if fortunately such cases are still fairly rare.

Monins told VRT that anyone who feels sick or has flu symptoms and doesn’t see any improvement after three days, but rather a worsening of their condition, should see their family doctor.

Especially when high fever or shortness of breath. Because this could actually indicate a more severe streptococcal infection. Parents should watch out for drowsiness, gray skin, and shortness of breath in sick children, among other things.

Boris Schmidt

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