From March 1 2024, invasive group A Streptococcal disease (iGAS) will become an URGENT notifiable condition for medical practitioners and pathology services in Victoria.

iGAS can present as bacteraemia/septicaemia, necrotising fasciitis, streptococcal toxic shock syndrome or other serious illnesses which are associated with high morbidity and mortality.

Diagnosis of iGAS relies on the laboratory detection of Streptococcus pyogenes and clinical information.

Medical practitioners and pathology services must notify cases of iGAS immediately upon diagnosis to the Department of Health.

Pathology services must also provide written notification within 5 working days.

It is vital that all health care facilities frequently monitor both the National and State Notifiable Disease sites.

Victorian Notifiable Infectious disease, conditions and mico-organsim further info here: