There are 26 cases of scarlet fever streptococcus A in Sussex.
The stat comes as the latest figures show 15 children have died across the country.
Typically, streptococcal A infections are mild and easily treated with antibiotics, but an invasive form of the bacteria known as invasive group A streptococcus (iGas) can be life-threatening, especially in children under the age of 10.
The invasive form of the bacteria occurs when the bacteria enter the lungs or bloodstream through an open wound or wound.
The latest statistics from the UK Health Security Agency show 26 people in Sussex, including three in Brighton, have scarlet fever as of Monday, the latest data available.
Across the country, 15 children under the age of 15 are known to have died after being infected with iGas.
The UKHSA said there was currently no evidence a new strain was circulating and the rise in cases was most likely due to high levels of circulating bacteria and increased social mixing.
The disease is most common in spring, but there has been a spike in recent months, with authorities on alert to ensure people are aware of the symptoms.
Brighton and Hove City Council said it had written to parents and carers to share more information, including symptoms to look out for and advice on what to do.
If scarlet fever is suspected in a child, parents or carers should contact NHS 111 or their GP practice.
A spokesman for the council said: “On very rare occasions, the bacteria can enter the bloodstream and cause a disease called invasive group A streptococcus (iGAS). Our letter to parents also contains information on the measures to be taken in the event of the symptoms described.”
That week there were 1,131 cases of scarlet fever nationwide.
This compares to 1,338 across the country from July last year to December last year.
A Horsham mother has warned other parents about her children’s symptoms after fearing her daughter Eva could die of the infection in hospital.
Sarah Page said she “don’t know if she would make it” but the five-year-old is now on the road to recovery.
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 the throat.
Symptoms typically do not include a cough, runny nose, hoarse voice, or conjunctivitis, which are more likely to be caused by a virus.
There were concerns about limited access to antibiotics, but the Department of Health and Social Care dismissed them.
A spokeswoman said: “There is no shortage of suppliers of antibiotics to treat Strep A. As the Foreign Secretary said this morning, we sometimes have a surge in product and increased demand means some pharmacies are struggling to obtain certain antibiotics.
“We are urgently working with manufacturers and wholesalers to see what can be done to expedite deliveries and frontload their stock levels to ensure they get to where they are needed to meet demand as quickly as possible.” satisfy and support access to these vital medicines.”
Across the county, cases of scarlet fever are as follows:
- Brighton and Hove – 3rd
- Worthing – 4
- Mid Sussex – 1st
- Crawly – 0
- Horsch – 5
- Chichester – 2
- Adur – 4th
- Eastbourne – 3rd
- Hastings – 0
- Lewes – 1
- Roth – 1
- Welden 2
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/23179304.strep-cases-sussex-revealed-15-children-die-uk/?ref=rss Strep A cases in Sussex have been revealed as 15 children die in the UK