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Peter Andre says Strep A epidemic is ‘very worrying’ as Princess battles tonsilitis

Singer and OK! columnist Peter Andre has voiced his concerns surrounding the ongoing Strep A epidemic.

Following the news that over 15 children in the UK have sadly lost their lives after contracting the harmful bacteria – that is commonly found on the skin or in the throat – Peter said he's relied on wife Dr Emily MacDonagh to calm him down.

On the same week that his daughter Princess, 15, was diagnosed with the painful throat condition tonsilitis, he told us: "It’s been very worrying as a parent to see the increasing number of children dying from Step A.

"It’s horrific for any parent to have to go through that. It’s been comforting to hear reports from doctors saying that it is very, very rare that a child will die, but any child’s death is a complete tragedy."

After being "struck down" last week with a "horrible sickness bug", Peter, 49, admitted his recovery was long but that Princess has remained ill ever since.

"Thankfully it was only a 24-hour thing and I feel much better and so does Millie, but poor Princess still isn’t very well. She’s also been struck down by tonsilitis, so she’s got a double whammy!"

But returning to his concerns surrounding the Strep A epidemic, father of four Peter – who along with Princess also shares son Junior, 18, with ex-wife Katie Price as well as children Theo, eight, and Amelia, six, with wife Emily – told us: "I think we just have to keep an eye on our children and be very vigilant about the symptoms like a rash and fever."

Group A strep bacteria can cause several different infections, ranging from minor illnesses to deadly diseases, including the likes of the skin infection impetigo, scarlet fever and strep throat.

Despite the vast majority of infections being relatively mild, sometimes the bacteria cause a life-threatening illness called invasive group A streptococcal disease.

"It is also very helpful living with a doctor," Peter said discussing wife Emily. "Although there are downsides, too."

He added: "The good thing is that you know when anything serious happens she’ll be there and know what to do, but the flip side is that you can’t be a hypochondriac because any time you complain about something the answer back is: “You’ll be fine, get on with it!” but actually that tough love has helped me quite a bit with my anxiety.

"Sometimes if I’ve felt really anxious Emily knows exactly what to say and she’s just helped me rationalise and understand things."

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