Girl, 4, fighting for life with deadly Strep A that is sweeping UK schools

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A girl is fighting for her life on a ventilator after contracting Strep A, the deadly illness sweeping the country’s schools – and her heartbroken father has issued a warning to others.

After his daughter contracted deadly Strep A, a devastated father has warned other parents.

Camila Rose Burns, four, has been on a ventilator since Monday after contracting the disease, and her father, Dean, says he’s been “living an absolute nightmare” since then.

“When we got [to hospital] Monday, they said she’s the poorest girl in the whole of England,” he told Sky News.

“She’s not the same girl after going from dancing with her friends on Friday night to feeling a little under the weather on Saturday and then even worse on Sunday. It breaks my heart.”

Dean Burns is heartbroken over his daughter’s illness (Image: Sky News)


Dean stated that he took his daughter to the hospital after she complained of chest pain.

Camila was given an inhaler and sent home, but when her condition worsened, she was rushed back to the hospital the next day.

She has been unresponsive since Sunday and is being ventilated in the critical care unit of Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

“She’s fighting for her life, and I’ve told her how much I love her, how much her mother loves her, how much her sister loves her, and how much we all love her,” Dean added.

“Everyone is praying for her, hoping for a miracle that she will survive. She deserves to live because she is such a special little girl. I can still hear her singing… it’s excruciating.”

Group A Streptococcus, also known as Strep A or Streptococcus pyogenes, has been sweeping the country in recent months, causing more than 800 cases of scarlet fever.

According to the UK Health Security Agency, six children have died as a result of the outbreak, five of whom were under the age of ten.

Dean has now issued a chilling warning to parents, urging them to act quickly if they notice symptoms of the illness, the most common of which are a fever (a high temperature above 38°C (100.4°F), severe diarrhea, and vomiting.


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Camila is in the intensive care unit at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital (Image: PA)

He stated: “Looking back, it still appeared to be a sickness bug; she was extremely lethargic at times, but her health gradually improved until she completely changed.

“No family should have to go through what we are. We just put up the Christmas tree, the naughty elf, and the advent calendars with our names on them.

“It’s simply incorrect. I’m not sure what will happen to her, but whatever happens, she’ll always be our little girl.”

Scarlet fever symptoms include a sore throat, headache, fever, and a fine, pinkish or red body rash with a sandpapery feel.

If parents suspect scarlet fever, they should call NHS 111 or their doctor, according to a UKHSA spokesperson.

They also stated that treating the disease early with antibiotics can reduce the risk of complications.

“If your child has scarlet fever, keep them at home for at least 24 hours after the start of antibiotic treatment to avoid spreading the infection to others,” said the spokesperson.