Dorset health experts give advice as Strep A cases rise

Dorset HEALTH experts say there is a well-established process in place to tackle the rise in the number of children with Strep A and scarlet fever.

New data from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) shows that cases of scarlet fever remain higher than typically seen at this time of year and there are almost 50 known cases of serious Strep infections. A in the South West of England.

This comes after a child in a Dorset the nursery tested positive for Strep A this week. The UKHSA has written to parents whose children attend Holy Trinity Church of England Primary School in Weymouth.

Rachel Partridge, deputy director of public health for Dorset and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole councils, said: “Although the national figures for Group A Strep and scarlet fever are higher than usual for this period of the year. year, for most people these infections result in mild illness and in Dorset we have a well-established process in place to reduce the spread of infectious disease.

Echo of Bournemouth:

“We are working closely with families, schools and partners such as UKHSA South West and continue to share information with schools on the steps they need to take, including advice for parents.

“It is important to remember that during the winter months there are many viruses that circulate and cause sore throats, colds and coughs, and most people will be fine at home without needing medical attention. However, if you notice the symptoms and have concerns you should contact NHS 111 or your GP.

Parents and caregivers should keep an eye out for symptoms which include:

  • A sore throat
  • Headache
  • A fever
  • A thin, pinkish or red rash with a gritty feel

Bournemouth echo: Symptoms of strep A include high fever and muscle achesSymptoms of strep A include high fever and muscle aches (Picture: PA)

Children with scarlet fever should stay home for at least 24 hours after starting antibiotics to avoid spreading the infection to others.

Local GP and Dorset GP Alliance Chairman Dr Forbes Watson added: “We recognize that parents are concerned about the health of their children and urge them to visit the NHS Dorset website where they can find links to reliable, up-to-date scarlet fever information. and Strep A.

“In winter there are a lot of bugs going around and most of them will go away on their own, but if you recognize any of the symptoms please use, call 111 or speak to someone at your local GP practice.

“If you do not have internet access and are concerned, please call 111 first or speak to your doctor’s office.”

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