BELLE VUE PRIMARY SCHOOL

Wordsley

DY8 5BZ

Tel 01384 818615

5th February 2019

Dear Parent/Guardian,

We have been informed that a small number of children who attend nursery have been diagnosed with confirmed scarlet fever. We have been sent the following information from Health Protection Team on the symptoms, treatment and complications of scarlet fever.  I would ask you to take a few minutes to read the information below.

Although scarlet fever is usually a mild illness, it should be treated with antibiotics to minimise the risk of complications and reduce the spread to others.

The symptoms of scarlet fever include a sore throat, headache, fever, nausea and vomiting. This is followed by a fine red rash which typically first appears on the chest and stomach, rapidly spreading to other parts of the body. On more darkly-pigmented skin, the scarlet rash may be harder to spot, but it should feel like 'sandpaper'. The face can be flushed red but pale around the mouth.

If you think you, or your child, have scarlet fever:

  • see your GP or contact NHS 111 as soon as possible
  • make sure that you/your child takes the full course of any antibiotics prescribed by the doctor.
  • stay at home, away from nursery, school or work for at least 24 hours after starting the antibiotic treatment, to avoid spreading the infection.
  • Complications

    Children who have had chickenpox recently are more likely to develop more serious infection during an outbreak of scarlet fever and so parents should remain vigilant for symptoms such as a persistent high fever, cellulitis (skin infection) and arthritis (joint pain and swelling). If you are concerned for any reason please seek medical assistance immediately.

    If your child has an underlying condition which affects their immune system, you should contact your GP or hospital doctor to discuss whether any additional measures are needed.

    Further advice can be obtained from the Health Protection Team on (0344 225 3560 option 2) during office hours.

    If you have any questions, I urge you to contact the Health Protection Team on the number above or your own GP.

    Yours sincerely,

    David Porter

    Head Teacher

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