A deadly disease, hemolytic streptococcus, is spreading at a record pace in Japan. What are her symptoms?

A large number of infections with hemolytic streptococcus have been recorded in Japan. The disease is spreading at a record pace.

According to NHK TV channel, if the disease is severe, it can cause tissue death in the arms and legs, as well as lead to death.

Experts The National Institute of Infectious Diseases notes that since the beginning of the year, more than 800 cases of the disease have been registered in the country. This is almost three times more than in the same period last year. 

The disease is usually caused by group A hemolytic streptococcus. According to preliminary data, a sharp increase occurred after the easing of measures to combat coronavirus, and, as a consequence, an increase in the number of cases of pharyngitis caused by the same types of bacteria.

Director of the National Hospital Mie Prefecture Kiyoshi Taniguchi notes that many people are carriers of this bacterium. Problems occur if the bacteria penetrates the wound – this can lead to a rapidly progressing course of the disease.

Hemolytic streptococcus is a type of streptococcus that can cause hemolysis, that is, the destruction of red blood cells. This microorganism is the causative agent of purulent-inflammatory diseases and can affect the upper respiratory tract, skin, and also cause local suppurative processes and post-streptococcal complications.

Symptoms of hemolytic streptococcus depend on the location of its localization and may include:

  • sore throat,
  • redness and swelling of the tonsils,
  • enlarged cervical lymph nodes,
  • fever,
  • cough,
  • runny nose,
  • ear pain,
  • li>skin rash,
  • joint pain,
  • general malaise.

Group A hemolytic streptococcus is the most dangerous type of streptococcus. It causes many serious diseases, such as scarlet fever, erysipelas, tonsillitis, pneumonia and others.

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