Streptococcus A / Strep A Cleaning- cleaning process and useful guide to 6 common symptoms

In the current climate, Strep A cleaning is therefore something that is very topical, and must NOT be taken lightly.

What is Strep A?

Group A streptococcus is a common bacteria that can be found in the throat or on the skin, according to the U.K. Health Security Agency. The bacteria doesn’t always cause illness, but it can cause tonsillitis, sore throat, skin rashes, scarlet fever and impetigo.

Concerns have been raised by the UK Health Security Agency following an increase in lower respiratory Group A Strep infections in some children over the past few weeks, which have caused severe illness and, very sadly, a number of deaths. Currently, there is no evidence that a new strain is circulating according to government reports.

The current increase is most likely related to high amounts of circulating bacteria in the environment. 

How does Strep A enter the body?

The Strep A bacteria can enter the body through inhalation, ingestion, or abrasion to the skin, Most Group A streptococcus infections cause relatively mild illnesses such as ‘strep throat’ (a sore throat), or skin infections. Strep A is also the main cause of Scarlet Fever.

The Strep A infection can be spread through close contact between individuals and through shared contact with physical surfaces such as doorplates, handles and taps, so it is essential that good Strep A cleaning processes are in place to minimise the risk.

It should be noted that much like Coronavirus, that hand washing remains the most important step in preventing such infections.

Is Strep A contagious?

Yes. Group A streptococcus is highly contagious and spreads through close contact with an infected person. It could be passed through a few different ways, including coughs, sneezes or by contact with a wound, health officials said.

What are the symptoms of Strep A

Common symptoms are not limited to, but can include the following. If in doubt - always seek medical advice immediately.

  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Muscle ache
  • Rash

What Strep A cleaning processes will help minimise the risk?

Surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected as part of a normal cleaning routine, paying particular attention to door handles, light switches and other high touch points and surfaces such as door plates. These processes should be largely in place already if you have a good commercial cleaning company providing your daily cleaning services.

Coronavirus gave the world a stark reminder of the need for good, organised and professional cleaning at places of work - the days of a mop and a single cloth are long gone thankfully!

What cleaning products should be used for Strep A cleaning?

At Green Fox Cleaning, we are always planning for the worst scenarios, but ensuring we have the best products to tackle them. We have a tried and tested range of products that can be used at clients sites should there be a need.

The exact products we place will be decided on a case by case basis, but will only be those with manufacturer approval as being effective for Strep A cleaning and prevention.

Contact times of selected products must be followed when undertaking Strep A cleaning, or indeed any cleaning.

Contact time is the amount of time the product remains on a surface one sprayed, before being wiped with a dry cloth and then being left to air dry. Our carefully selected products require typically just a one minute contact time, ensuring an efficient AND effective cleaning process.

We hope you have found this information on Strep A cleaning useful.

You can click here to contact your local Green Fox Cleaning office, to see how they can help improve the safety of your workplace with strict scheduled cleaning processes, with effective cleaning products.

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