We would like to make you aware that there are a cluster of Invasive Group A Streptococcus (iGAS) infection cases across several care home settings in Hertfordshire.

Group A streptococcal infections commonly cause mild illnesses, such as a sore throat or skin infection. On rare occasions however, the bacteria can cause more severe disease known as invasive group A streptococcus (or iGAS). The elderly are considered to be particularly vulnerable.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) is currently working with care home management, Local authority, and relevant partners to investigate this cluster of cases and ensuring infection control measures are in place. Effective hand and respiratory hygiene and good general environmental cleaning can reduce the risk of cross infection.

We ask that you familiarise yourself with national guidance, which can be found here.

For further information about the infection and what you need to know. Please utilise the links below:

Recommended action if you suspect an outbreak of iGAS in your setting.

For advice, contact the UKHSA Health Protection Team:

Email: eastofenglandhpt@ukhsa.gov.uk

Phone: 0300 303 8537