Scarlet Fever

Published April 9, 2018

We have been asked by the Council to advise staff and parents to be on the lookout for scarlet fever symptoms as it appears to be on the increase.

The symptoms are : sore throat, headache and fever with a characteristic fine, pinkish or red rash with a sandpapery feel.

If the signs of scarlet fever are suspected, it is important to contact your local GP or NHS 111.

Early treatment with antibiotics is important and can help reduce the risk of complications such as pneumonia and the spread of infection.

Children or adults diagnosed with scarlet fever are advised to stay at home until at least 24 hours AFTER the start of antibiotic treatment to avoid spreading the infection to others.

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