Public Health Reminder

Group A Streptococcal continues, click here for more information

Parents and carers are reminded that there continues to be a small number of invasive Group A Streptococcal (iGAS) cases. Whilst case numbers are much lower, we have had a small number of very unwell children.  Parents and carers should be aware of the signs and symptoms.

The most common infections caused by Group A Streptococcus are Scarlet Fever and Strep throat. Symptoms are usually mild and can include sore throat, mild fever and minor skin infections, if your child has these symptoms and are unwell we would advise that you contact your GP surgery or call NHS 111.  

In very rare cases, this infection can be more serious and cause invasive group A streptococcus disease, particularly when the child or adult also has another infection at the same time, for example flu. It is important to seek medical help as soon as possible if they are experiencing the following symptoms:

  • High fever
  • Severe muscle aches
  • Localised muscle pain
  • Unexplained diarrhoea or vomiting

Further Information is also available at NHS Choices  Or: Public Health England