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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Hong Kong : Fatal case with Group A Streptococcus infection under investigation

Via Hong Kong's CHP :

" The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is investigating a fatal case with Group A Streptococcus infection involving a 21-year-old pregnant woman.

The woman, with good past health, attended the Accident and Emergency Department (AED) of Kwong Wah Hospital for fever and right breast swelling on March 25. She was treated as having upper respiratory tract infection and mastitis. The woman was discharged the same day.

In the morning of April 4, she developed cyanosis and dyspnoea. She attended the AED of Queen Elizabeth Hospital and was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit on the same day.

She was also noted as having skin mottling and shock. Her clinical condition deteriorated rapidly and she passed away on the same day.

Her blood culture grew Streptococcus pyogenes (Group A). The diagnosis was septicaemia.

She did not have recent travel history. Her close contacts were asymptomatic."

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