A 6-year-old child has died and another is receiving treatment in a hospital after contracting a rare bacterial infection in school.
The young pupil reportedly attended Ashford Church of England Primary School and died due to an invasive Group A streptococcal infection.
The other child who was hospitalized also went to the same school.
Specialists from the UK Health Security Agency distributed antibiotics to school staff and pupils after the 6-year-old child’s tragic death.
Another pupil from the area was suffering from Scarlet Fever, usually caused by Strep Throat.
“We are extremely saddened to hear about the death of a pupil at Ashford Church of England School, and our thoughts are with their family, friends and the school community,” said. Dr. Claire Windslade, health protection consultant at UKHSA South East.
“As a precautionary measure, we have recommended antibiotics to pupils and staff in the same year groups as the individuals affected. We have provided advice to the school to help prevent further cases and will continue to monitor the situation.”
A spokesperson for the UK Health Security Agency said: “Specialists are arranging for antibiotics to be offered to pupils and staff at a Surrey school as a precautionary measure, following two cases of invasive Group A streptococcal infection (iGAS).
“Sadly, one pupil from Ashford Church of England Primary School has died and another is in hospital, but showing positive signs of recovery.”
Ruth Hutchinson, the Director of Public Health, Surrey County Council, also stated: “We are deeply saddened by the death of a pupil at Ashford Church of England School and we offer our sincere condolences to their family, friends and the whole school community, who are in our thoughts.”
“Our school relationships team, available 24/7, has provided the school with guidance during this tragic time and our public health team are working closely with UKHSA, school leaders and health partners to take appropriate health protection measures and ensure children, parents and carers at the school are appropriately supported,” Hutchinson added.
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