Scarlet Fever

Scarlet Fever

There has been a case of Scarlet Fever in your child’s classroom and your child may have been exposed. We are bringing this to your attention because occasionally if a child develops Scarlet Fever and is not promptly treated, complications can happen.

What is Scarlet Fever?
Scarlet Fever is a scattered red rash and high temperature caused by the group A streptococcus bacteria. Occasionally these bacteria can cause kidney or heart complications. Prompt treatment with an antibiotic usually prevents these complications. Treatment will also prevent spread to others.

What are the symptoms of Scarlet Fever?
A scattered red rash that is often most marked in the creases of the joints and over the stomach.
It usually blanches (goes white) when pressed on. The skin may feel rough to the touch, sometimes described as feeling like sandpaper. Someone with Scarlet Fever will have evidence of a Streptococcus infection somewhere, usually in the throat or sometimes on the skin.

What should I do if I think my child has it?
If your child develops any of these symptoms bring him/her to your doctor for examination.
Tell the doctor that another child in school has Scarlet Fever.

If my child has Scarlet Fever what should I do then?
The doctor will prescribe an antibiotic for your child. It is important that the child takes the full course of medicine. The child can return to school when they have finished 1 full day of the antibiotic. This will prevent the spread of infection to others.

Can other members of the family get it?

What can I do to prevent the spread infection in the family?
Streptoccocus bacteria is spread through contact with nose and mouth secretions so:
Wash hands thoroughly after wiping nose.
Wash hands thoroughly before preparing or eating food.
Wash dishes well in hot soapy water.
Do not share cups, straws, spoons, eating utensils etc.
Do not share toothbrushes.

Your doctor will be able to answer any further questions that you might have concerning Scarlet Fever or other Streptococcus infections.