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York Council response to recent Strep A and Scarlet Fever

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Dear Parents and Carers,

Please read the attached document from York Council in response to the recent increase in Strep A and virus.

Ad Astra are taking the necessary guidance advised to schools around the region to assist against the spred of Strep A and Scarlet Fever

Scarlet Fever signs and symptoms

The early symptoms of scarlet fever include sore throat, headache, fever,

nausea and vomiting. After 12 to 48 hours, the characteristic red, pinhead rash

develops, typically first appearing on the chest and stomach, then rapidly spreading

to other parts of the body, and giving the skin a sandpaper-like texture. The scarlet

rash may be harder to spot on darker skin, although the 'sandpaper' feel should be

present. Patients typically have flushed cheeks and be pale around the mouth. This

may be accompanied by a bright red red ‘strawberry’ tongue.

Invasive Group A Strep (iGAS)

The same bacteria which cause scarlet fever can also cause a range of other types

of infection such as skin infections (impetigo) and sore throat. In very rare cases, the

bacteria can get into the bloodstream and cause an illness called invasive group A

strep (iGAS). Whilst still very uncommon, there has been an increase in iGAS cases

this year, particularly in children under 10 years old. It is very rare for children with

scarlet fever to develop iGAS infection.

We ask that all children who are showing any signs, or are in close contact with someone suspected to have the virus are to remain at home and not attend their sessions until they are better.

If any children show signs of the above illnesses during their attendance at Ad Astra, we will notify parents / carers and ask that they are collected to prevent further spread of the disease.

If you or your child show any signs above, it is important to call your GP or 111 if you have any concerns.

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