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Group A Strep & Scarlet Fever

You may have seen in the news and online stories about Group A Strep.

The latest data from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) shows that scarlet fever cases continue to remain higher than we would typically see at this time of year.

Scarlet fever is a contagious infection that mostly affects young children. It’s easily treated with antibiotics.

The first signs of scarlet fever can be flu-like symptoms, including a high temperature, a sore throat and swollen neck glands (a large lump on the side of your neck).

You know your child best and should always trust your instinct when they are unwell. Speak to your GP or call 111 if your child’s symptoms are getting worse.

Always call 999 or go to the emergency department if your child:

  • is having difficulty breathing
  • their skin, tongue or lips are blue
  • is floppy and will not wake up or stay awake.

For Information:

Scarlet Fever NHS Inform