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Information on Group A Streptococcus, Scarlet Fever and Invasive Group A Strep

I am writing to provide you information about Group A Streptococcus (GAS), scarlet fever and Invasive Group A Strep (iGAS), as we are seeing an increase in cases across the UK and London. The number of infections is higher compared to the average for this time of year and it is therefore more difficult to confidently distinguish between symptoms of cold, flu, other respiratory illnesses, scarlet fever or invasive Group A streptococcus. GAS infections are normally mild and treatable and intensive GAS is very rare. You have likely seen in the news about children sadly passing away from iGAS and it is understandable that you are concerned about your child’s health. I hope you will find the following information and advice helpful.  Please download the full letter below for all the information