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No new cases of invasive Strep A after death of elementary school student in Dartmouth

By Caitlin Snow Mar 18, 2024 | 1:45 PM

There are no new cases of invasive Strep A after the tragic death of a six year-old boy in Dartmouth.

Nova Scotia Health confirmed to our newsroom, the young student from Admiral Westphal Elementary School passed away roughly two weeks ago due ton complications related to invasive Group A Streptococcal (iGAS).

A Go-Fund-Me for the family identifies him as Jaydon Davis.

A letter from public health was sent to parents last Friday notifying them about the case, saying they would contact anyone who was exposed and it was sent to the school to increase awareness.

Nova Scotia Health says anyone who had close contact with the student received treatment and no new cases have been discovered.

“There has been an uptick in cases of Strep A in Nova Scotia and around the country, compared to pre-pandemic years.”

Infection rates of the rare disease are higher in those under five and older than 65, with five related deaths, all over the age of 55.

It can cause common infections such as strep throat and skin infections.

Although rare, if the infection is severe, it can cause blood infections, pneumonia requiring intensive care or flesh-eating disease.

The disease can occur all year round but is more common in the winter.

NSH says there is no vaccine, but most infected, fully recover.