Scarlet Fever Information

05/12/2016

Scarlet Fever 

In the last 6 weeks we have a small number of children who have been diagnosed with scarlet fever. This is usually a mild illness but should be treated with antibiotics to minimise the risk of complications and reduce the spread to others.

Symptoms include a sore throat, headache, fever, nausea and vomiting, this is followed by a fine red rash which first appears on the chest and stomach and spreads to other parts pf the body. The face can be flushed but pale around the mouth.

If you think your child may have scarlet fever:

  • Please see your GP or contact NHS 111 as soon as possible.
  • Make sure your child takes the full course of antibiotics that are prescribed
  • Keep children at home for at least 24 hours after starting antibiotic treatment to avoid spreading the infection.

More information can be found on the NHS website - NHS scarlet fever 

Thank you with your help in preventing the spread of this further.