The Northern Territory (NT) is experiencing high group A Streptococcus (GAS) rates. Throughout September and into October 2022, the NT has also seen an increase in Acute Post-Streptococcal Glomerulonephritis (APSGN), Invasive Group A Streptococcal (iGAS) and Acute Rheumatic Fever (ARF) notifications.

GAS is a bacterium often found in the throat or on the skin. It can lead to strep throat, scarlet fever, impetigo, cellulitis and other severe health conditions.

The disease is easily transmissible via respiratory droplets. Therefore, it can spread easily via direct skin contact, coughing, sneezing or kissing. 

Health Professionals (HPs) working in the NT should have a heightened alert to signs of GAS and its related conditions. It is important to continue the promotion of hand washing, skin hygiene and timely treatment for sore throats, skin sores and scabies.

For more information about rotavirus, read the latest Health Alert: Increase in group A Streptococcal (GAS) diseases, visit the NT GAS information page, the HealthDirect GAS information page or contact the RAHC Clinical team.