Britain's health authorities are on high alert due to rising numbers of children dying from strep A and insufficient supplies of the antibiotic amoxicillin.
The death of a 12-year-old boy is the first recorded at this age, which has deeply worried health institutions, which have asked parents to be vigilant in case they notice any suspicious symptoms in their children.
As the British newspaper "Daily Mail" specifically reports, the 12-year-old boy was the last victim of streptococcus A, while four-year-old Camilla Rose Barnes is fighting with her life to stay alive, at the "Alder Hey Children's Hospital" in Liverpool.
"She is still in intensive care but is showing signs of improvement. We are continuing to pray for her health. It is in very bad condition. Your heart hurts," said the father of the 4-year-old.
Health authorities point out that the sharp increase in cases is mainly due to the effects of Covid on children's immune systems, combined with respiratory infections (influenza, respiratory syncytial virus RSV) that have increased this winter.
In fact, the United Kingdom's Health Safety Organization has noted that cases of strep A are showing an alarming increase. Streptococcus is a bacterial infection whose main symptom is a sore throat.
Strep A cases in Great Britain may be because the population's immunity has weakened.