Parents are urged to ensure they recognize the symptoms of strep throat.
Brighton and Hove City Council today issued a statement following the recent deaths of nine children in the UK.
The council said: “We know there are more cases of scarlet fever across the country than would normally occur at this time of year.
“Scarlet fever is a common childhood infection caused by group A streptococcus (GAS).
“We’ve written to parents and carers to share more information, including symptoms to look out for and advice on what to do.
“Parents and carers should familiarize themselves with the symptoms and contact NHS 111 or their GP practice if scarlet fever is suspected.”
“In very rare cases, the bacteria can enter the bloodstream and cause a disease called invasive group A streptococcus (iGAS).
“Our letter to parents also includes details on the actions they need to take if they show the symptoms described.”
Symptoms of a sore throat include a sore throat, pain when swallowing, fever, red and swollen tonsils, severe muscle pain, petechiae, which are small red spots on the roof of your mouth, and swollen lymph nodes in the front of your throat.
Symptoms typically do not include a cough, runny nose, hoarse voice, or conjunctivitis, which are more likely to be from a virus.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/23176953.council-warning-parents-brighton-know-strep-symptoms/?ref=rss Council alert for parents in Brighton to be aware of Strep A symptoms