You may have seen in the news and online stories about Group A Strep.
The latest data from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) shows that scarlet fever cases continue to remain higher than we would typically see at this time of year.
Scarlet fever is a contagious infection that mostly affects young children. It’s easily treated with antibiotics.
The first signs of scarlet fever can be flu-like symptoms, including a high temperature, a sore throat and swollen neck glands (a large lump on the side of your neck).
Look out for symptoms in your child, which include:
- Sore throat
- A fine, pinkish or red body rash with a sandpapery feel.
On darker skin the rash can be more difficult to detect visually but will have a
Contact NHS 111 or your GP if you suspect your child has scarlet fever, because
early treatment with antibiotics is important to reduce the risk of complications, such
as pneumonia or a bloodstream infection.
If your child has scarlet fever, keep them at home until at least 24 hours after the start
of antibiotic treatment to avoid spreading the infection to others.
- Press release – https://www.gov.uk/government/news/ukhsa-update-on-scarlet-fever-and-invasive-group-a-strep
- Blog: ‘Group A Strep – What you need to know’ – https://ukhsa.blog.gov.uk/2022/12/05/group-a-strep-what-you-need-to-know/
- Blog: ‘5 ways to protect your under 5s this winter’ https://ukhsa.blog.gov.uk/2022/10/25/5-ways-to-protect-your-under-5s-this-winter/