The Government recently issued the following advice regarding scarlet fever after an increase nationally in the number of reported cases.

Individuals should be mindful of the symptoms of scarlet fever, which include a sore throat, headache and fever with a sandpapery, fine, pink rash developing within 1 to 2 days of first symptoms. If you or your child develops any of these symptoms you should contact your GP. NHS Choices also provides helpful information on symptoms of infection including photographs of the rash.

Whilst scarlet fever is not usually a severe illness it should be treated with antibiotics to reduce the risk of further complications and to minimise the risk of spread of the infection to others. Children or adults diagnosed with scarlet fever are advised to stay at home until at least 24 hours after the start of antibiotic treatment to avoid spreading the infection to others.

Children and adults should be encouraged to cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when they cough and sneeze and to wash their hands after using or disposing of tissues.

The Public Health Agency has added the following regarding confirmed cases of Scarlet Fever

Child can return 24 hours after commencing appropriate antibiotic treatment.

So if you suspect your child has the symptoms you must see your GP and then notify the school.