Fourth UK child dies from bacteria that can eat flesh and cause toxic shock

A fourth UK kid has died of a killer bacterial virus that can "eat flesh" and cause "toxic shock" for those suffering from it.

Strep A has seen a resurgence in primary schools across the UK, with four deaths reported so far now linked with the potentially deadly bacteria.

Deaths have been reported in Surrey and Wales, while one family in Wycombe reported their four-year-old son, Muhammad Ibrahim Ali, suffered a cardiac arrest, WalesOnline reported.

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Confirmation of the tragic death from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) showed that the youngster had died of the horrifying virus that has since left three other children dead.

A six-year-old pupil who attended a primary school in Surrey is also said to have died following contact with the virus at the beginning of last week.

One child attending Victoria Primary School in Wales, whose name was not given, is also said to have died after contracting the infection.

Expert Dr Liz Whittaker, a paediatric infectious diseases and immunology alumni of Imperial College London, said: "What we worry about is when it becomes invasive and severe."

Advice given for parents worried about the rise in Strep A diagnoses noted that they "should know when to seek medical attention".

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Anything from "a child's temperature not settling after four or five days" or "breathing fast or lethargic" were noted by BBC as causes for Strep A concern.

Dr Whittaker added: "We are seeing more of Strep Group A circulating at the moment, and whenever you see more of anything, you see more the serious side of it."

Strands of the disease can morph into mild illnesses including strep throat, scarlet fever or skin infections that can lead to life-threatening and life-changing conditions, including what the CDC described as "toxic shock syndrome" and "flesh-eating".

There is no indication that the four deaths are related to one another in any way.

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