Isle folk warned of virulent disease

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Cases of scarlet fever are on the up in North Lincolnshire, and people are warned to be on the watch for symptoms.

Schools and nurseries in particular have been asked to be vigilant. The Yorkshire and Humber region has had more cases this year than any other area across the country.

So far, 158 people in this region have had scarlet fever, a 66 per cent on last year, as shown in figures released by Public Health England.

The highly contagious disease develops with fever, nausea and vomiting, along with a sore throat. A fine red rash develops after 12 to 48 hours, usually on the chest or stomach.

Dr Theresa Lamagni, PHE head of streptococcal infection surveillance, said: “As we enter into high season for scarlet fever, we ask GPs and other frontline medical staff to be mindful of the current high levels of scarlet fever activity when assessing patients.

“Prompt notification of cases to local health protection teams is critical to enable local monitoring and rapid response to outbreaks.

“Schools and nurseries should be mindful of the current elevated levels of scarlet fever and promptly inform local health protection teams at an early stage if they become aware of cases, especially if more than one child is affected.”

So far this year there have been 1,265 cases nationwide. Anyone diagnosed with scarlet fever is advised to stay at home.