Scarlet Fever

We have had a confirmed case of Scarlet Fever in Year 2. This is a common childhood infection caused by Streptococcus pyogenes. Early symptoms include sore throat, headache, fever, nausea and vomiting. After 12 to 48 hours the characteristic read pinhead rash develops, typically first appearing on the chest and stomach, then rapidly spreading to other parts of the body, and giving the skin a sandpaper-like texture. Patients typically have flushed cheeks and pallor around the mouth. This may be accompanied by a ‘strawberry tongue’. As the child improves peeling of the skin can occur.

It is important that children see their GP and be given antibiotics. We are informed that children should be kept off school for 24 hours after the start of antibiotic treatment. Please keep the school informed.

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