PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATE FOR SOUTHWARK PARENTS/CARERS
SCARLET FEVER: BE AWARE OF THE SYMPTOMS
Scarlet fever is caused by a bacteria called group A streptococcus and cases are higher than we would typically see at this time of year. The first signs of scarlet fever can be flu-like symptoms, including a high temperature, a sore throat and swollen neck glands. A sandpaper like rash appears 12 to 48 hours later. For further information see: Scarlet fever - NHS (www.nhs.uk).
You should contact NHS 111 or your GP if you suspect your child has scarlet fever.
Group A streptococcus can also cause other respiratory and skin infections, and in very rare occasions, the bacteria can get into the bloodstream and cause an illness called invasive Group A strep (iGAS). While uncommon, there has been an increase in iGAS cases this year, particularly in children under 10. If your child seems unwell, please contact NHS 111 or your GP.
For information on symptoms see: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/ukhsa-update-on-scarlet-fever-and-invasive-group-a-strep
Isabel Mansfield | Policy Officer, Health Protection | Public Health Division | Southwark Council
Reviewed by: Dr Sylvia Garry | Consultant in Public Health | CYP, health protection
Public Health, Children & Adults Services | Southwark Council