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Scarlet Fever

Public Health England have recently issued guidance on elevated scarlet fever activity. Scarlet fever is mainly a childhood illness, most common between the ages of 2 and 8 years and is characterised by a rash usually with a sore throat, and is sometimes confused with measles rash.

The bacteria that cause the infection also cause a red and swollen tongue and flushed cheeks. It is highly contagious and spread through sneezing, coughing and breathing out.

If you think a child has scarlet fever, a GP should be consulted; it can be treated with a course of antibiotics. Good hygiene practice such as handwashing routines are the important first step in preventing and controlling the spread of infection.

Schools and nurseries should contact the local Health Protection Unit for advice they suspect an outbreak on 0300 303 8162.

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