Scarlet Fever
30 January 2019

We have had a case of scarlet fever in school. 

Scarlet fever is a common childhood bacterial infection. Symptoms include sore throat, headache, fever, nausea and vomiting.

After 12 to 48 hours the characteristic red, 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’ whereby the tongue becomes pale with red spots.

If you suspect your child of having scarlet fever contact your GP for a consultation. If your child has contracted scarlet fever and is provided with appropriate antibiotic treatment, please follow your GP’s recommendation for how long your child be away from a school setting.


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