National increase in Scarlet Fever - what to look out for...

National increase in Scarlet Fever - what to look out for...

We have been notified by the council of a recent national increase in notifications of scarlet fever to Public Health England, above seasonal expected levels.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the signs, symptoms (please download leaflet for more information) and the actions to be taken if your child becomes ill.

Scarlet fever is mainly a childhood disease and is most common between the ages of two and eight years. It is usually treated with antibiotics and children need to be excluded from childminders, nursery or school to help minimise spreading the infection.

Children can return to their childminder, nursery or school once they feel better and have completed 24 hrs of antibiotic treatment.

Good hygiene practice such as hand washing remains the most important step in preventing and controlling spread of infection.

[Scarlet Fever Information Leaflet]