Warning About Outbreak of Rare Infection in Bristol

November 2016 –

A warning has been sent round to homeless hostels and to drug and alcohol services about a rare infection which is spreading in intravenous drug users and homeless people in Bristol and a few other areas in the country.

The infection is a specific type of iGAS (invasive Group A Streptococcus) called ‘emm66‘.   Since January 2016, there have been 15 cases nationwide, 6 of which were in Bristol.  The symptoms are:

  • sore throats or mild skin infections such as impetigo;
  • high fever;
  • severe muscle aches;
  • localised muscle tenderness; and
  • redness at the site of a wound.

If you see these symptoms in a vulnerable person, please contact the Health Protection Unit for Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire -telephone 0300 3038162, option 1, option 2 and quote the reference number ‘HPZ170014’.

For more information, please see these two documents:

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