'Highly contagious': Scarlet fever on the 'rise' following school outbreak – symptoms


The letter from Bowker Vale Primary School followed “a number of confirmed cases” in schools and nurseries across Wigan last week.

Scarlet fever – what to look for

According to the NHS, the first signs of scarlet fever can be flu-like symptoms, including a high temperature, a sore throat and swollen neck glands (a large lump on the side of your neck).

“A rash appears 12 to 48 hours later. It looks looks like small, raised bumps and starts on the chest and tummy, then spreads. The rash makes your skin feel rough, like sandpaper,” explains the health body.

It adds: “A white coating also appears on the tongue. This peels, leaving the tongue red, swollen and covered in little bumps (called “strawberry tongue”).”


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