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Statement re. Victoria Primary School

Published: 2 December 2022

Dr Ardiana Gjini, Consultant in Communicable Disease Control for Public Health Wales, said:

“Public Health Wales is working with Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and the Vale of Glamorgan Council following the death of a pupil at Victoria Primary School, Penarth.  We offer our deepest condolences to the family, friends and all those affected.

“Public Health Wales cannot comment on individual cases, and we ask that the privacy of the family is respected.

“Public Health Wales is working closely with the school to raise awareness as appropriate about invasive Group A Streptococcal disease (iGAS).

“Although it is unlikely that their child will be affected by iGAS infection, relevant individuals are being advised that they should familiarise themselves with the symptoms and what to do if these symptoms occur.

“Contracting iGAS disease from a contact is very rare.  Most people who come into contact with Group A Streptococcal Infection remain well and symptom-free, or develop mild throat or skin infections.” 

The symptoms of iGas can include:

  • Fever (a high temperature above 38°C)
  • Sore throat or tonsillitis
  • Severe muscle aches
  • Localised muscle tenderness
  • Redness at the site of a wound.

A group of individuals are being advised to contact their GP or get medical advice without delay if they think their child has any of the signs and symptoms of iGas disease.

Parents are reminded to consider nasal flu vaccine for their children where appropriate.