Scarlet Fever - Tuesday 24 February 2015
The Director of Public Health for North East Lincolnshire has issued a letter to all schools and nurseries in the area alerting staff to the increase in notifications of scarlet fever above seasonally expected levels. He states that whilst levels in North East Lincolnshire are not exceptional, they are expected to rise in coming weeks and as children return from half term he has asked that we raise awareness amongst staff and parents/carer's of the signs and symptoms of the condition.
Scarlet fever is highly contagious with around 80% of cases occurring in children under the age of 10. It is a bacterial infection characterised by a rash and often accompanied by a sore throat. It is commonly treated with antibiotics. If you suspect your child has scarlet fever you should consult your GP as soon as possible.
Information is also available on line here http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Scarlet-fever/Pages/Introduction.aspx
There is also a hard copy of the document available to view in the setting.
For more detailed information see our Exclusion for Illness Procedures - Exclusion_Procedures_for_Illness_policy_