Kia ora whānau,
Unfortunately we have four confirmed cases of scarlet fever in our school. All of these children are being kept home. Scarlet fever is highly contagious.
If your child has any of the below symptoms please keep your child home and visit your GP as soon as possible. If the illness becomes serious, the secondary affects could lead to rheumatic fever and pneumonia. We have sought advice from the Ministry of Health.
Scarlet Fever Information:
Scarlet fever is the same illness as strep throat, but with a skin rash. Scarlet fever can also lead to rheumatic fever – and to other illnesses, like pneumonia or infections. The main symptom of scarlet fever is a red rash that feels rough. It usually begins on your chest, spreading to your neck, abdomen and arms. People with scarlet fever may have flushed checks and a red or white ‘strawberry tongue’. If you or a family member has this type of rash and a sore throat, get to the doctor quickly so they can check it out.
Ngā mihi nui,
Marriene, Marina and Jared