March 28, 2018
CORRECTION AND CLARIFICATION TO IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR ANYONE WHO ATTENDED THE OCEANSIDE SOFTBALL CAMPS
We have learned of the tragic death of a member of our softball community from the Victoria Devils organization.
Island Health has advised that the cause of death was Group A streptococcal infection, commonly called strep throat.
The Medical Officer for Island Health has issued this advisory:
- Strep throat signs and symptoms include sore throat, fever, headache, and sometimes abdominal pain. - Most people who are exposed to the streptococcal bug won’t get sick, or will have mild symptoms only. It is passed on through direct contact with people’s oral or nasal secretions (e.g. sneezing, coughs) - If you do have these signs of infection, you can go see your physician/primary care provider and it can be treated with antibiotics. - If you have questions about streptococcal infections you can call 8-1-1 or look online at healthlinkbc.ca or talk to your primary care provider.
Because this has been identified as a more aggressive form of streptococcal infection, the health authority is recommending anyone showing the above signs and symptoms for streptococcal infection see their doctor for antibiotic treatment.
If you are not experiencing any of the symptoms, it is NOT necessary to see your doctor. We have also been advised that, if after seven days have passed, and you have not shown signs or symptoms of the infection, it is unlikely you will fall ill from this exposure.
If you have further questions, you are encouraged to contact Island Health, Communicable Disease Phone: 250-388-2225 Fax: 250-388-2228
Rick Benson Executive Director, Softball BC