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12 killed by rare bacterial infection in Essex



Twelve people have been killed by an outbreak of a rare bacterial infection in Essex, the NHS has said.

Most of those affected were "elderly and had been receiving care for chronic wounds, in the community, either in their Own homes and some homes in care homes, according to the NHS Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

The outbreak of invasive Group A streptococcus (iGAS) started in Braintree and spread to the Chelmsford and Maldon areas, it added.


There have been 32 reported cases of the disease.

An incident management team has been established to "control the incident and closely monitor the situation."