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Scarlet fever and Group A strep: what nurses need to know

Alarm over children’s deaths from serious infections has prompted an official alert and appeals to nurses to be extra vigilant: here’s what you need to know

Alarm over children’s deaths from serious infections has prompted an official alert and appeals to nurses to be extra vigilant: here’s what you need to know

  • Higher than usual rates of scarlet fever are being recorded around the UK and several children have died due to the bacteria behind it
  • Nurses are urged to be on the lookout for symptoms, and NICE’s ‘traffic light’ risk assessment for feverish children can help with assessments
  • Patients with suspected or confirmed scarlet fever should be prescribed antibiotics promptly, regardless of the severity of the illness
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