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Scarlet Fever

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Public Health


16th March 2015.

Dear Parent/Guardian

We have been informed that a number of children who attend St. Bridget's School have been diagnosed with suspected scarlet fever.

Although scarlet fever is usually a mild illness, it should be treated with antibiotics to minimise the risk of complications and reduce the spread to others.

The symptoms of scarlet fever include a sore throat, headache, fever, nausea and vomiting. This is followed by a fine red rash which typically first appears on the chest and stomach, rapidly spreading to other parts of the body. On more darkly-pigmented skin, the scarlet rash may be harder to spot, but it should feel like 'sandpaper'. The face can be flushed red but pale around the mouth.

If you think you, or your child, have scarlet fever:

  • See your GP or contact NHS 111 as soon as possible
  • Make sure that you/your child takes the full course of any antibiotics prescribed by the doctor.
  • Stay at home, away from nursery, school or work for at least 24 hours after starting the antibiotic treatment, to avoid spreading the infection.

If your child has an underlying condition which affects their immune system, you should contact your GP or hospital doctor to discuss whether any additonal measures are needed.

You can find more information on scarlet fever on NHS choices:http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Scarlet-fever/Pages/Introduction.aspx Further advice can also be obtained from the Health Protection Team on 0344 225 0602 during office hours.

Yours sincerely

Mr Sam Rowell

Health Protection Practitioner.

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