SCARLET FEVER HAS BEEN FOUND IN INFANT AND PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN BOURNEMOUTH AS WELL AS LOCAL TOWN CHRISTCHURCH.
Letters of warning have been sent to parents of children attending Christchurch Infants and Christchurch Junior, telling them to look out for symptoms of the fever. they were also told a child in year 3 has been confirmed to have Scarlet Fever.
A sixth form student at St Peter’s senior site in Southbourne was confirmed to have the illness, leading to the building having a deep clean.
There have been 15 confirmed cases in Bournemouth from September to March, jumped from 5 last year.
Across England there have been roughly 6,000 confirmed cases since September.
Main symptoms of Scarlet Fever take two to five days to appear after infection and it often starts with a sore throat, headache and high temperature, with a rash developing from 12 to 48 hours later.
It commonly affects the ears, neck, chest, elbows, inner thighs and groin, and may be itchy. The rash usually fades after about a week. Other symptoms include swollen neck glands, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, red lines in the folds of the body (such as armpit) , a white coating on the tongue, which peels a few days later leaving the tongue red and swollen and a general feeling of being unwell.
Scarlet fever is mainly a childhood disease and is most common between the ages of two and eight years. It was once a very dangerous infection, but although much less serious now, complications can arise, particularly in those who remain untreated.
If you feel your child may have Scarlet Fever, check out the NHS website’s Scarlet Fever page to find out more.
Originally written for Nerve Media, published here.