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Strep A and Scarlet Fever

It has been posted on FB that a child from our school has received a positive result for Strep A.

As always we are following guidance and will report to the UKHSA if we meet any threshold to do so.

 

Signs and symptoms of scarlet fever

• Scarlet fever is a common childhood infection caused by Streptococcus pyogenes, or group A streptococcus (GAS). 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 pallor around the mouth. This may be accompanied by a ‘strawberry tongue’. As the child improves peeling of the skin can occur.

 

At present we ask Parents to monitor their children and obviously seek medical advice if they suspect illness. Please inform school of any concern or positive result.


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