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Scarlet Fever/Strep A

As you will all be aware the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has warned parents and carers to be alert after an increase in Strep A infections across the country. A statement has been issued this morning stating -


Parents and guardians are being urged to be alert for the signs of group A streptococcal (GAS) infections by the Public Health Agency (PHA). Group A streptococcus bacteria usually cause a mild infection producing sore throats or scarlet fever that can be easily treated with antibiotics. In very rare circumstances, these bacteria can get into the bloodstream and cause serious illness – called invasive Group A strep (iGAS). As well as an increase in notifications of scarlet fever, which is above the levels we usually see at this time of year, the PHA is also aware of a higher number of cases of iGAS being reported across the UK.

While iGAS is still uncommon, it is important that parents are on the lookout for symptoms of illnesses caused by group A streptococcus bacteria and seek medical advice so that their child can be treated appropriately and to help prevent the infection becoming serious.


Below is guidance with key messages regarding Scarlet Fever and Strep A. We hope this is useful to enable you to be informed about the signs and symptoms to look out for. As a school we continue to ensure -

• regular washing hands for 20 seconds with warm water and soap (as well as the use of hand sanitisers) 

• catching coughs and sneezes using tissues – catch it, bin it, kill it

. adequate ventilation in all areas

. keeping areas clean


Please always seek appropriate medical advice if you have any concerns.