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Scarlet fever outbreak across England

23rd April 2014

The health protection agency, Public Health England (PHE), has issued urgent guidelines for health professionals. Close to 1,050 new cases of scarlet fever have been confirmed between 31 March and 6 April.

Sick child

Since September 2013, there have been a total of 7,198 new cases.

The guidance focuses on the public health management of scarlet fever outbreaks in schools, nurseries and other care settings.

Recommendations from the PHE in these locations:

  • Good hand hygiene
  • Covering mouth and nose with hand or tissue when coughing or sneezing
  • Wash hands after/dispose of tissue
  • Educating parents/guardians, staff and GPs
  • 24 hours of antibiotics and absence from environment where fever can spread

Scarlet fever is mainly a childhood disease and is most common between the ages of two and eight years. It used to be more dangerous than it is now but there are complications, particularly in those who remain untreated.

Please click here for further information from Public Health England.

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