Strep outbreak concerns health unit

The Thunder Bay District Health Unit says it is working with Lakehead Manor to keep a Group A strep outbreak under control after eight residents at the long-term care home were infected last week.

Thunder Bay and District Health Unit monitors strep cases after death at Lakehead Manor

Thunder Bay Health Unit officials are swabbing both residents and staff at Lakehead Manor to see if there's any carriers of Group A strep. One resident died from the infection. (istock)

The Thunder Bay District Health Unit says it is working with Lakehead Manor to keep a Group A strep outbreak under control after eight residents at the long-term care home were infected last week.

Another resident who had a more severe form of strep has died.

"Both the health unit and the facility are very concerned about spread, so that's why we have mounted a very thorough investigation," said health unit spokesperson Darlene Binette.

"We are swabbing both residents and staff to see if there's any carriers of Group A strep."

A few years ago, there were a number of deaths from invasive Group A strep in Thunder Bay, Binette noted.

Since then, the health unit has heightened its watch for strep cases.

There is no vaccine for Group A strep. Antibiotics can provide some short-term protection.