77 People Die From Deadly ‘Flesh-eating’ bacteria In Japan, Record High Cases Recorded

Source: Africa Publicity

At least 77 people have died from Streptococcal Toxic Shock Syndrome (STSS), a deadly skin-eating bacterial infection in Japan.

The deaths were recorded between January and March 2024, according to the latest figures available.

Health officials in Japan have also reported a record high number of cases of the dangerous and deadly bacterial infection.

According to a new report by Japan’s Ministry of Health, as of June 2, 2024, the country had recorded 977 cases of the Streptococcal Toxic Shock Syndrome.

STSS, says the Health Ministry, has a mortality rate of up to 30%.

In 2023, Japan recorded 941 cases of STSS. Japan’s National Institute of Infectious Diseases also reported 97 STSS-related deaths last year.

A professor in infectious diseases at Tokyo Women’s Medical University, Ken Kikuchi, was quoted by The Economic Times as saying:

Most of the deaths happen within 48 hours,” highlighting the rapid progression of the disease, saying that patients can die within 48 hours of noticing initial symptoms.

What is STSS?

Streptococcal Toxic Shock Syndrome is said to be a severe illness caused by infection with group A Streptococcus (GAS) bacteria. It is characterized by the rapid onset of shock and multi-organ failure, which can be life-threatening if not promptly treated.

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