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22 November 2019 (by Martin Coyne (m.coyne))
Dear Parent / Carer,
We have been informed that a small number of children who attend Longsands have been
diagnosed with scarlet fever.
We have sought advice from the local Public Health England, Health Protection Team. They
have advised that although scarlet fever is usually a mild illness, it should be treated with
antibiotics to minimise the risk of complications and to reduce spread to others.
The symptoms of scarlet fever include a sore throat, headache, fever, nausea and vomiting.
This is followed by a fine red rash which typically first appears on the chest and stomach,
rapidly spreading to other parts of the body. On more darkly-pigmented skin, the scarlet rash
may be harder to spot, but it should feel like 'sandpaper'. The face can be flushed red but
pale around the mouth.
If you think you, or your child, have scarlet fever:
antibiotic treatment, to avoid spreading the infection
If your child has an underlying condition which affects their immune system, you should
contact your GP or hospital doctor to discuss whether any additional measures are needed.
You can find more information on NHS Choices at
Whilst scarlet fever is circulating in the school, it is also very important that children with
chickenpox stay off school until all their blisters have dried over. This is because the bacteria
that cause scarlet fever can also cause skin infections. People recovering from chickenpox are
susceptible to infections of the skin.
The Health Protection team have advised us on hygiene measures to help prevent spread
within our school. Parents can also help with this by reminding children of the importance of
coughing/sneezing in to tissues and placing these in the bin, washing hands regularly and
ensuring any breaks to the skin are covered with a waterproof plaster/dressing before
If you have any questions please contact school on 01772 795676.
Mrs. S. McKeown