TESTS for Strep A have largely sold out online after thousands of worried parents stripped the shelves.
Apesar disso, The Sun has seen multipack Strep A tests available on some websites – com um 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 ministers – despite supply issues, costs and a shortage of ingredients for the medicines – são considering a rollout in schools.
Group A Streptococcal (iGAs) disease is a bacteria sometimes found in the throat on the skin.
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It is incredibly rare but can cause life threatening illness and can be contagious.
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, sore throat, 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, quatro, from High Wycombe, Bucks and a youngster at a primary school in Waterlooville, Hampshire.
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, according to the NHS. These are
- A fever (meaning a high temperature above 38°C)
- Severe muscle aches
- Localised muscle tenderness
- Redness at the site of a wound
STREP A ADVICE
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.
Call 999 or go to A&E if:
- Your child is having difficulty breathing – you 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