High rates of chickenpox and group A streptococcus in early years settings

Public Health have identified a high number of cases of chickenpox and Group A streptococcus in early years settings. Whilst high cases are partly due to the lack of contact over the past few years and partly expected, they are seeing in some cases these two together. Group A Strep can cause throat infection, scarlet fever or skin infections such as cellulitis or impetigo.

As co-circulating chickenpox and Group A streptococcus can increase risk of severe disease you should contact the Health Protection Team for advice and support via South West Health Protection Team on 0300 303 8162 or via email: swhpt@phe.gov.uk

The South West Health Protection Team will be running COVID-19 educational setting webinars for any educational setting to attend on alternate Thursdays. The sessions will cover infection prevention principles, testing and outbreak guidance and then discuss scenarios to illustrate this.

Please visit the Eventbrite page to book your place on a free webinar

Please register for a ticket on the date that you would like to attend. Registering for a ticket is free, it does not cost anything to attend these webinars.

Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email with details on how to join. On the day after your webinar another email containing a copy of the presentation for you to access will be sent out.

If you have any difficulties, you can contact the South West Health Protection Team on 0300 303 8162 or via email: swhpt@phe.gov.uk