PUBLISHED: 17:29 June 27, 2019 | Updated: 17:44 June 27, 2019
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Staff fighting outbreaks of fatal infection in essex have been given antibiotics as efforts are intensified to stop it from spreading.
Twelve people died from a rare disease called invasive group A Streptococcus after 32 cases of the disease was the identification of Braintree, Chelmsford and Maldon.
Expressed her condolences to affected families at a meeting in Thursday, Dr. Anna Davey from the Mid Midsex Clinical Commissioning Group, what is being done to tackle the incident and prevent it from spreading further.
She said that most of the affected patients were elderly who were treated for wounds either in nursing homes or in their own homes. Public Health England confirmed that no further cases have been found and Suffolk organizations have not become aware of anyone in the county.
"We have introduced measures to prevent the spread of this infection, including giving all community workers who treat patients with antibiotic prophylaxis with chronic wounds," she said at the meeting.
"A deep cleansing of all nursing bases has been carried out on all premises and to ensure that the infection does not spread out of the locality, district nursing teams within the CM7 Braintree area are currently working only in this zip code.
" that most cases have been in this area. "
" We take wound spiders from all patients treated for wounds in the area to examine the bacteria and increase the possibilities for hand hygiene and use of personal protective equipment among employees.
She added: "We understand that this is a worrying time for peo ple and knowing how frustrating it is that we do not have answers to many of the questions you may have. But we would like to assure members of The public that the risk of entering iGAS is very low for most people.
"Treatment with antibiotics is very effective if started early."
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Although it is rare, it is not new and has been seen in the UK before, Dr. Davey.
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A newly created event management, created in the wake of the outbreak, is working hard to understand why it has happened and to prevent more people from getting infected, she added.
Jorg Hoffman from Public Health England also attended the meeting and gave the commissioners an in-depth look at what the disease is and how it can spread.
Medics continues to work with the organization to halt the spread of the outbreak and make sure the community is protected, Dr. Davey.
Thousands of people have so far had contact with a guide created in the wake of incident.
The affected can call Freephone number 03000 032124 Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 17:00.
! Visit Mid Essex CCG website for further information.