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Strep A outbreak: Independent investigation launched

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An independent investigation is to be launched into a deadly outbreak of an infection which has claimed 13 lives in Essex. The Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has called in a team to probe the spread of the invasive Group A Streptococcus (iGAS) bacterium. The strain has been linked to at least 31 confirmed cases, including the 13 fatalities. The investigation will take about six months and results "will be shared and implemented," said the CCG. It has been ordered through the NHS Serious Incident Framework.

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Source: BBC News, 25 July 2019

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