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Rise in Strep-A Infections

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 an illness is caused by a bug called group A streptococcus, which are found on the skin and in the throat. Scarlet fever mostly affects children and can easily spread to other people (contagious).

Generally, scarlet fever is much less common than it used to be but in last few years there have been a number of outbreaks.  It is important that children with scarlet fever are assessed by their GP so that they can be started on antibiotics.

The signs of scarlet fever usually take two to five days to appear after infection.

Common signs include:

  • Sore throat or Tonsillitis
  • Fever (38oC or above)
  • Headache
  • Flushed face/ swollen tongue
  • Rash (develops over 1-2 days)

You can find more information including what to do if you think your child may have a Strep A infection here: Scarlet fever :: North East and North Cumbria Healthier Together (nenc-healthiertogether.nhs.uk)