Invasive Group A Streptococcal Infection (iGAS)
Streptococcus A (Strep A)
Group A streptococcus (GAS) is a common bacteria. Lots of us carry it in our throats and on our skin and it doesn’t always result in illness. However, GAS does cause a number of infections, some mild and some more serious.
The most serious infections linked to GAS come from invasive group A strep, known as iGAS.
Find out more about Streptococcus A (Strep A) (NHS Wales website).
Symptoms of iGAS
- Fever (a high temperature above 38°C)
- Severe muscle aches
- Localised muscle tenderness
- Redness at the site of a wound
Parents are being advised to contact their GP or get medical advice straight away if they think their child has any of the signs and symptoms of iGAS disease (Public Health Wales website)
Find out more about Scarlet Fever (NHS Wales website).