15 December, 2022
UK hospitals have received an alert from Public Health England regarding the rise in cases of scarlet fever. This has also caused a lot of concern amongst parents.
Scarlet fever is an infection caused by Group A Strep. Strep A is the most common bacterial cause of acute sore throat, accounting for 15 - 30% of cases in children and 5-10% of cases in adults. During the winter and spring in temperate climates, up to 20% of asymptomatic school-aged children may be group A streptococcus carriers.
Scarlet fever is characterised by a scarlatiniform rash that blanches with pressure. It is highly contagious and has an incubation period of two to five days. Symptoms of scarlet fever:
You can also get:
Key facts about scarlet fever:
It is important to know when to call 111 or to go and see your GP. If your child:
Take your child to A&E if they have any of the following symptoms:
Complications can arise from Group A strep however are very rare. Antibiotics are often prescribed to prevent complications and to prevent transmission. It is important to exclude children from schools and nursery until they have received at least 24 hours treatment of antibiotics. If your child isn't receiving treatment for scarlet fever, they need to be excluded for two weeks.
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