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Scarlet Fever and Strep A Information

Information around Scarlet Fever and Strep A

Bolton Council Information 

Further to the press coverage over the weekend regarding Streptococcal infections, please find below resources which I hope are helpful at this time. The latest data from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) shows that scarlet fever cases continue to remain higher than we would typically see at this time of year, though are currently lower than the typical seasonal peak we often see in Spring. Scarlet Fever is caused by bacteria called group A streptococci. It's easily treated with antibiotics.


These bacteria also cause other respiratory and skin infections such as strep throat and impetigo. In very rare occasions, the bacteria can get into the bloodstream and cause an illness called invasive Group A strep (iGAS)

Signs and Symptoms

The first signs of Scarlet Fever are flu-like symptoms such as:


  • High temperature

  • Sore throat and swollen neck glands

  • A bumpy, rough feeling rash usually appears after 12 to 48 hours on the chest and tummy.

If you think your child is showing signs of Scarlet Fever it's important to contact your local GP or NHS 111 as well as Essa Academy.


Individuals with scarlet fever should not attend an educational setting until 24 hours after commencing appropriate antibiotic treatment. If no antibiotics have been administered, the individual will be infectious for 2 to 3 weeks and should not attend setting for this period.

See below for more useful links and information regarding our procedures during the Covid-19 pandemic. 


Bolton Council Letter

Hand Hygiene

Respiratory and Cough



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