UKHSA update on scarlet fever and invasive 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.
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Information Video on scarlet fever and invasive Group A Strep
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
NHSE advice specific to Strep A symptoms and who to contact:
Advice for parents / guardians
· Parents of children with presumed respiratory viral infection should be made aware of features suggestive of secondary bacterial infection, such as clinical deterioration, and when and how to seek further help.
· Advice for parents on How to Help your Unwell Child can be accessed HERE which includes information on what to do in an emergency.
· As GAS is spread by close contact with an infected person and can be passed on through coughs and sneezes or from a wound, please encourage parents and children to practice good hand and respiratory hygiene.
Parents who need more information can read this blog from UKHSA https://ukhsa.blog.gov.uk/2022/12/05/group-a-strep-what-you-need-to-know/ and are encouraged to use the ‘How to Help your Unwell Child’ information here