Strep A tests sell out amid rush to to buy kitshere’s signs of illness

TESTS for Strep A have largely sold out online after thousands of worried parents stripped the shelves.

None of the at-home kits are currently available on Amazonas, eBay or on a number of online pharmacies as of Tuesday evening.

At=home tests for Strep A have largely sold out online after thousands of worried parents stripped the shelves

At=home tests for Strep A have largely sold out online after thousands of worried parents stripped the shelvesAnerkennung: Getty
Seven-year-old Hanna Roap's condition began with just a mild cough - she died within 24-hours

Seven-year-old Hanna Roap’s condition began with just a mild coughshe died within 24-hoursAnerkennung: Gofundme

Trotz dieses, The Sun has seen multipack Strep A tests available on some websites – mit einer 50 pack on sale for an eye watering £270.

The kits are similar to PCR Covid tests, involving a long cotton bud that swabs the back of the throat.

The sample is then dipped into a solution and a strip test displays the result of the disease which has now killed nine kids in the UK.

Walk-in Strep A tests are available from your local pharmacy.

The shortage comes as The Sun revealed Britain is facing a critical shortage of penicillin and amoxicillin antibiotics, used to treat the disease.

Parents have reported difficulty in getting hold of the over-the-counter medicine as pharmacies faced relentless demand.

But ministersdespite supply issues, costs and a shortage of ingredients for the medicines – sind considering a rollout in schools.

Group A Streptococcal (iGAs) disease is a bacteria sometimes found in the throat on the skin.

It is incredibly rare but can cause life threatening illness and can be contagious.

There are a number standout symptoms you should look out for and parents are being warned of tell-tale signs which may appear.

Most who contract the disease remain symptom free, but those that don’t can develop throat and skin infections.

Scarlet fever, which presents as a high temperature, BRITS wird sich mit den klassischen Covid-Symptomen eines Hustens auskennen, rash and swollen neck glands, is also a symptom.

A nasty sunburn-type rash that feels like sandpaper is also a stand out symptom.

Almost all the kids who have died were primary school age.

They include Muhammad Ibrahim Ali, vier, from High Wycombe, Bucks and a youngster at a primary school in Waterlooville, Hampshire.

Seven-year-old Hanna Roap’s Zustand began with just a mild cough but she rapidly deteriorated and tragically died within 24-hours.

The lockdown is being blamed for the outbreak because children were shuttered away — creating a lower immunity to infections.

The four signs of Strep A you need to know

There are four key signs of Group Strep A to watch out for, laut NHS. These are

  1. A fever (meaning a high temperature above 38°C)
  2. Severe muscle aches
  3. Localised muscle tenderness
  4. Redness at the site of a wound


Contact NHS 111 or your GP if:

  • Your child is getting worse.
  • Your child is feeding or eating much less than normal
  • Your child has had a dry nappy for 12 hours or more or shows other signs of dehydration
  • Your baby is under three months old and has a temperature of 38°C, or is older than three months and has a temperature of 39°C or higher.
  • Your baby feels hotter than usual when you touch their back or chest, or feels sweaty.
  • Your child is very tired or irritable.

    Anruf 999 or go to A&E if:

  • Your child is having difficulty breathingyou may notice grunting noises or their tummy sucking under their ribs
  • There are pauses when your child breathes
  • Your child’s skin, tongue or lips are blue
  • Your child is floppy and will not wake up or stay awake

    Quelle: NHS