Friday, January 04, 2008

Two British Women Die From Identical Infection After Giving Birth on Same Day at Same Hospital

Fox News: In what is being called more than a coincidence, two new mothers who gave birth at the same British hospital on Dec. 21 died afterwards from identical infections, The Daily Mail reports.
Within 72 hours both women died from complications linked to streptococcus A infection, which normally causes sore throats.
The Daily Mail identifies the women as Amy Kimmance, 39, and Jasmine Pickett, 29.
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,320106,00.html

Original Story, Great Britain:
Two new mothers die of identical bug after giving birth at SAME hospital on SAME day
Two mothers have died from an identical infection after giving birth at the same hospital on the same day.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/health/healthmain.html?in_article_id=505949&in_page_id=1774&ct=5

Quotes from various sources (linked below):

- Is group A strep infection an emerging infectious disease?
Yes. Health problems associated with strep A bacteria are not new, but reports of fatal infection with invasive strep A bacteria have been increasingly recognized in the United States since 1987. Researchers do not know why the new strain of strep A is on the increase or why it targets certain otherwise healthy people.

- Group A streptococci (hemolytic Streptococcus pyogenes) cause a broad spectrum of diseases, ranging from simple and uncomplicated pharyngitis and skin infection to life-threatening invasive illness that includes pneumonia, bacteraemia, necrotizing fasciitis, streptococcal toxic shock syndrome (TSS), and nonsuppurative sequelae such as acute rheumatic fever and glomerulonephritis.

- It has recently been estimated that there currently are more than 18 million cases of severe group A streptococcal disease such as rheumatic heart disease in the world, with more than 500 000 deaths each year.

Here's some links to info on Streptococcus A:

Streptococcus A - Necrotizing Fascitis, http://www.emergency.com/strep-a.htm (1994)
Group A Streptococcus - http://www.dhpe.org/infect/strepa.html
Group A streptococcal infection - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Group_A_streptococcal_infection
World Health Organization - http://www.who.int/immunization/topics/strep_a/en/index.html

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