“If there was more awareness, maybe we could have caught it earlier when we noticed he had a fever,” Brown said.Orlando pediatrician Dr. Candice Jones told WOFL there’s been an uptick in cases of group A strep among children nationwide.“Some of the speculations has been that some of those cases started after respiratory infections, and we had been seeing an uptick in those types of infections anyway post-pandemic,” Jones said. “So there are several routes of entry in ways that these bacteria can cause mild to severe infection and even end in death.”