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Scarlet Fever

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Dear Parent/Carer

Please find below some important information regarding both Scarlet Fever and Strep A. Please also see the link below for further guidance from the NHS.

What are scarlet fever and Strep A?

Scarlet fever is caused by bacteria called Group A streptococci (Strep A). The bacteria usually cause a mild infection that can be easily treated with antibiotics.

In very rare occasions, the bacteria can get into the bloodstream and cause an illness called invasive Group A strep (iGAS).

What are the symptoms of Strep A/scarlet fever?

Strep A infections can cause a range of symptoms that parents should be aware of, including:

·       Sore throat

·       Headache

·       Fever

·       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 sandpapery feel


If your child becomes unwell with these symptoms, please contact your GP practice or contact NHS 111 (which operates a 24/7 service) to seek advice.

If your child has scarlet fever, advice is to stay at home until at least 24 hours after the start of antibiotic treatment to avoid spreading the infection to others.

Trust your own judgement and if you think your child seems seriously unwell call 999    or go to A&E if:

·       Your child is having difficulty breathing – you may notice grunting noises or their tummy sucking under their ribs

·       there are pauses when your child breathes

·       Your child’s skin, tongue or lips are blue

·       Your child is floppy and will not wake up or stay awake.



Yours sincerely

Linda Thompson

Executive Headteacher