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Group A Streptococcal Infection
Q. What is Group A Streptococcal?
Group A streptococci (GAS) are a type of bacteria that are spread by close contact between people.
Q. What infections can GAS cause?
GAS can cause Scarlet fever and sore throats, more rarely it can cause more serious disease.
Q. What is Scarlet fever
Scarlet fever is it is highly infectious and usually is mild. Symptoms:
Q. How is scarlet fever treated?
Scarlet fever is treated with antibiotics. Contact NHS 111 or your GP if you suspect your child has scarlet fever.
Q. Can my child go to school?
If your child has scarlet fever, keep them at home until at least 24 hours after the start of antibiotic treatment to avoid spreading the infection to others.
Q. What is Invasive Group A Streptococcal Infection?
Very rarely, GAS can also cause more serious or ‘invasive’ infection (iGAS) including:
As a parent, if you feel that your child seems seriously unwell, you should trust your own judgement. Contact NHS 111 or your GP if:
Call 999 or go to A&E if: