Rare, deadly strep bacteria continues to spread in Alaska's homeless population

Public health officials are still battling to confine a strain of group A Streptococcus bacteria that has been spreading throughout Alaska's homeless population since October.

There have been seven to 10 severe strep cases per month since October, according Alaska Public Media, and 90 percent of them were in homeless people. Four people have died.

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Public health workers are visiting shelters in Anchorage to distribute antibiotics to halt the spread of strep, according to the report.

"The main thing to keep in mind here is the risk in the general population is very low. Right now we're still seeing it in the homeless population, and we're taking as many steps as we can to try to control it there," Emily Mosites, an epidemic intelligence service officer with the CDC in Anchorage, told Alaska Public Media.

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