An invasive group A streptococcus outbreak in the London area has recently taken the lives of nine individuals. The outbreak began April 1, 2016, with more than 132 cases to date. Some individuals required intensive medical care while others developed more serious medical conditions including necrotizing fasciitis – also called “flesh-eating” disease. Health officials have issued an alert as more apparently unconnected individuals continue to get infected. Although this is a year-long outbreak, typically cases tend to increase in the winter. To read more about the outbreak, click here.