EIGHT children have now died from Strep A: student in Hampshire becomes latest victim of growing outbreak

The death toll of children in the UK from the ongoing Strep A outbreak may have risen to eight, with reports of another fatality in Hampshire.

Like the other seven deaths, the child died after contracting an invasive group A streptococcal infection (iGAS), a severe form of the usually mild disease.

According to reports from local media, the child was present Morelands Elementary School in Waterlooville.

The child’s name, their age, and whether it was a boy or a girl is unknown at this time.

It is also unclear whether the fatal accident is a new one, or whether the school has just been notified that one of the students is among the seven previous deaths announced by health authorities.

That reports the Portsmouth newspaper The NewsSchool Headmistress Alison Syred-Paul said: “Tragically, in recent days we have learned of the death of a child attending our school who was also diagnosed with an invasive group A streptococcal infection (iGAS).

“We are absolutely devastated at the loss of one of our young students and extend our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the child’s family at this extremely sad time.”