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Scarlet Fever – Increase in Scarlet Fever incidence

posted 12 Mar 2014, 07:59 by

This post is to inform you of an increase in the notifications of scarlet fever. These increases are above what we would normally expect at this time of year.

Scarlet Fever tends to be more common in the winter and spring and peaks around end of March/early April Therefore, there may still come across cases over the coming weeks.

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 childminder, 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. If a school, nursery or childminder suspects an outbreak of any infectious disease, they should inform their local Health Protection team.

12 Mar 2014, 07:59