A surge in cases of a flesh-eating bacterial infection, Streptococcal Toxic Shock Syndrome (STSS), is raising alarms.

STSS is a rare but severe infection caused by Group A Streptococcus (GAS) bacteria. While GAS typically causes mild illnesses like strep throat

What is STSS?

Japan has reported a significant increase in STSS cases this year, surpassing the total number of cases from 2023. This rapid spread has health officials on high alert.

Alarming Rise in Cases

STSS can develop rapidly. Symptoms like fever, low blood pressure, and limb pain can progress to tissue death, organ failure, and even death within 48 hours if left untreated

Fast and Fatal:

Experts are investigating the cause of the outbreak. One theory suggests it could be linked to the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, allowing the bacteria to spread more easily.

Why the Sudden Increase

Be aware of the early signs of STSS, including fever, chills, sudden redness or swelling of the skin, and severe pain.

Knowing the Signs

Practicing good hygiene, like frequent hand washing, keeping wounds clean, and managing underlying health conditions, can help reduce the risk of contracting STSS.

Taking Precautions

If you experience any concerning symptoms, seek immediate medical attention. Early intervention can be lifesaving in cases of STSS. share more_vert

Seeking Medical Help

Flesh-Eating Bacteria in Japan: Causes, Symptoms, and Prevention Introduction The outbreak of flesh-eating bacteria in Japan has become a significant concern among health officials