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Scarlet fever: managing outbreaks in schools and nurseries

Guidelines to help health protection teams control outbreaks of scarlet fever in schools, nurseries and other childcare settings.

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Guidelines for the public health management of scarlet fever outbreaks in schools, nurseries and other childcare settings

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Details

These guidelines were first developed by the national incident management team (IMT) in response to the upsurge in scarlet fever in April 2014 and subsequently updated by a subgroup of the IMT in 2016 and 2017 to reflect the changing epidemiology, evidence and feedback on implementation in practice.

A set of scarlet fever FAQs - intended for health professionals to give to the public - are available at: Scarlet fever: symptoms, diagnosis, treatment.

Published 16 April 2014
Last updated 13 February 2018 + show all updates
  1. Link to the "SF symptoms, diagnosis and treatment" document (where relevant FAQs are to be found) added to the "detail" text
  2. Guidance revised to reflect the changing epidemiology, evidence and feedback on implementation in practice.
  3. First published.