Latest Update: Parents Encouraged To Be Aware Of Scarlet Fever Symptoms
Scarlet fever is a seasonal bacterial illness that is common at this time of year, mainly affects children, and is easily treated with antibiotics.
The latest report by Public Health England (PHE) on seasonal levels of Group A streptococcal infection, published on Friday 10 May 2019, shows that 9,887 cases of scarlet fever have been reported since mid-September 2018, compared to an average of 14,128 for the same period over the last 5 years.
There were 247 cases reported for the most recent week (29 April to 5 May 2019).
Dr Theresa Lamagni, Senior Epidemiologist at Public Health England, said:
"National levels of scarlet fever this season have remained relatively low compared to the past 5 seasons.
"We continue to advise parents to look out for the symptoms such as a sore throat, fever and rash, and to contact their GP or NHS 111 if they spot symptoms or have concerns.
"Scarlet fever, which mainly affects young children, is not usually a serious illness and can be easily treated with appropriate antibiotics."
Latest Update: Parents Encouraged To Be Aware Of Scarlet Fever Symptoms, 11th May 2019, 21:00 PM