When Melanie's son John started acting strangely, none of the doctors knew what was wrong, until his school nurse spoke up. Internet research revealed that PANDAS — pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorder associated with streptococcus — is a condition brought on by exposure to the bacteria that causes strep throat, though it may also be caused by a virus or a parasite.
Does the world need a vaccine for strep throat? In a rare alignment, the pharmaceutical industry and global health advocates like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation both see such a shot as a low priority. And for the many American families for whom strep is just a routine, if annoying, feature of winter, that perspective may seem correct. But two researchers on opposite sides of the globe disagree—and in light of a recent spike in deaths, rising antibiotic resistance and a litany of other issues caused by this seemingly manageable infection, they may just be right.
The mission of Group B Strep International (GBSI) is to promote international awareness and prevention of Group B Strep (GBS) disease in babies before birth through early infancy. The scope of our mission includes actively supporting the GBS awareness and prevention efforts of individuals and organizations on a community or national level as well as developing GBS awareness and prevention resources for countries that do not have an active program readily available.
We’re an independent UK charity, formed to help prevent preventable group B Strep infections in newborn babies.
When it comes to necrotizing fasciitis (aka flesh-eating bacteria), the disease is a case of something that is usually quite mild becoming a dangerous infection. In fact, one of the most common types of flesh-eating bacteria is group A Streptococcus (Strep A), the same bacteria responsible for strep throat - HWN
While group A streptococcal infections have not been reportable diseases for several decades, the true incidences of ARF, streptococcal pharyngitis, scarlet fever and invasive infections are unknown.
Symptoms and signs of GAS disease are variable and are related to the body area that is undergoing the infection; for example, sore throat, throat erythema, and swollen lymph nodes in strep throat to low blood pressure and organ failure in toxic shock syndrome.
Group B strep (GBS) is a type of gram-positive streptococcal bacteria also known as Streptococcus agalactiae. This type of bacteria (not to be confused with group A strep which causes "strep throat") is commonly found in the human body, and it usually does not cause any symptoms. However, in certain cases, it can be a dangerous cause of various infections that can affect nonpregnant adults, pregnant women, and their newborn infants.
PANDAS, Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcus, is a life-changing disease that can affect children quickly and drastically. PANDAS symptoms will typically follow an acute or persistent, unresolved group A beta-hemolytic strep (GABHS) infection like strep throat, impetigo, or other strep-related illness.
Pneumonia is the leading cause of child deaths worldwide, killing roughly 18 percent of children under age five. Multiple causes of pneumonia exist, but the most common and deadliest is the pneumococcus bacterium, responsible for close to half of the cases of pneumonia in children - DefeatDD.org
Okay - we've all had that irritating throat infection that drives us crazy or keeps our kids up all night. Treatable - yes . . . Annoying YES! Quite often the common cold or the flu is the culprit.
Invariably your doctor may prescribe antibiotics for 'strep throat' but could antibiotics be more harmful than good when it comes to a sore throat, especially since the bulk of throat infections are viral in origin. And nevermind that 15% of us harbor strep normally in our throats.
Streptococcus: These tiny bacteria look like a harmless string of pearls–at least under a microscope. In people, they wear many faces: mild discomfort, minor inconvenience, or searing tragedy. Strep bacteria are easily killed by common antibiotics if the illness is identified and treated in time.
Strep is short for Streptococcus, a type of bacteria. There are two types: group A and group B.
Group A strep causes
•Strep throat - a sore, red throat, sometimes with white spots on the tonsils
•Scarlet fever - an illness that follows strep throat. It causes a red rash on the body.
•Impetigo - a skin infection
•Toxic shock syndrome
•Cellulitis and necrotizing fasciitis (flesh-eating disease)
Group B strep can cause blood infections, pneumonia and meningitis in newborns.