Kannapolis, N.C. – Cabarrus Health Alliance’s Communicable Disease Department is investigating cases of invasive Group A Streptococcus (GAS), also known as Group A Strep, at the PruittHealth – Town Center, located 6300 Roberta Rd, Harrisburg, NC.
GAS is a bacterium often found in the throat and on the skin, even among healthy people with no symptoms. GAS is spread through direct contact with mucus from the nose or throat of persons who are infected, or through contact with infected wounds or sores on the skin.
Invasive GAS means that the bacteria has entered the blood stream, which can cause the patient to become septic which is a systemic infection that can lead to multi-organ failure.
The PruittHealth – Town Center staff are working closely with CHA’s Communicable Disease Department to reduce the possible transmission to other residents, staff and visitors.
Additional information about Invasive Group A Streptococcus can be found below. Updates regarding the investigation will be posted to CHA’s website, www.cabarrushealth.org.
Group A Streptococcus Fact Sheet
What is Group A Streptococcus?
Group A Streptococcus (GAS) is a bacterium often found in the throat and on the skin, even among healthy people with no symptoms.
What are the symptoms of Group A Streptococcus?
Most GAS infections are relatively mild illnesses such as strep throat or impetigo. However, severe and sometimes life-threatening GAS disease may occur when bacteria get into parts of the body where bacteria usually are not found, such as the blood, muscle, or the lungs. These infections are termed "invasive GAS disease."
What is the treatment for Group A Streptococcus?
GAS infections can be treated with many different antibiotics. More aggressive care, including surgery, may be required in severe cases.
Can the spread of Group A Streptococcus be prevented?
The spread of all types of GAS infection can be reduced by:
- Good hand washing, especially after coughing and sneezing and before preparing foods or eating.
- People with sore throats should be seen by a doctor who can perform tests to find out whether the illness is strep throat.
- If the test result shows strep throat, the person should stay home from work, school, or day care until 24 hours after taking an antibiotic.
- All wounds should be kept clean and watched for possible signs of infection such as redness, swelling, drainage, and pain at the wound site.
- A person with signs of an infected wound, especially if fever occurs, should immediately seek medical care.
For more information: www.cdc.gov/groupastrep