Information about scarlet fever

Good afternoon, 

Please see the letter below for information from the government about scarlet fever. 

If your child has any of the symptoms in the letter or below, please keep them off school and seek medical advice. Please report any confirmed cases of scarlet fever, strep A, chicken pox, flu or impetigo to school as soon as possible. 

We have the following cases in school and have contacted the health protection team for advice. 

Updated: 8:55pm – 07/12/2022

  • 5 confirmed cases of strep A
  • 3 confirmed cases of scarlet fever
  • 1 confirmed case of impetigo 
  • 1 suspected case of strep A and scarlet fever. 

All are receiving antibiotics and are recovering well. 

Have a lovely evening.

Mr Woodward

Letter to parents scarlet fever

Signs and symptoms of scarlet fever

Scarlet fever is a common childhood infection caused by Streptococcus pyogenes, or group A Streptococcus (GAS). It is not usually serious, but should be treated with antibiotics to reduce the risk of complications (such as pneumonia) and spread to others. The early symptoms of scarlet fever include sore throat, headache, fever, nausea and vomiting. After 12 to 48 hours, the characteristic red, pinhead rash develops, typically first appearing on the chest and stomach, then rapidly spreading to other parts of the body, and giving the skin a sandpaper-like texture. The scarlet rash may be harder to spot on darker skin, although the ‘sandpaper’ feel should be present. Patients typically have flushed cheeks and be pale around the mouth. This may be accompanied by a bright red red ‘strawberry’ tongue.

If you think you, or your child, might have scarlet fever:

  • contact your GP or NHS 111 as soon as possible
  • make sure that you or your child take(s) the full course of any antibiotics prescribed. Although you or your child will feel better soon after starting the course of antibiotics, you must complete the course to ensure that you do not carry the bacteria in your throat after you have recovered
  • stay at home, away from nursery, school or work for at least 24 hours after starting the antibiotic treatment, to avoid spreading the infection

Letter to parents scarlet fever

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