UK News Scarlet fever cases confirmed at Derry primary school as Public Health Agency issue statement
Ealing child dies from invasive strep A with pupil at nearby primary school also in hospital after scarlet fever 'outbreak'
Several children are off sick with scarlet fever at a neighbouring school, which can be caused by strep AThe child who died from invasive strep A was a primary-age pupil from St John's School, Green Man Gardens. The child from North Ealing Primary School, Pitshanger Lane, is currently in hospital with an unconfirmed illness. However many children at the second child's school are off sick with scarlet fever, which is caused by Group A streptococcal (iGAS), also known as invasive strep A.
A number of cases of scarlet fever have been confirmed at a school in Derry, parents have been told.
A statement sent by the Public Health Agency (PHA) has been published to parents and carers at the Model Primary and Nursery School.
The agency has confirmed a number of cases and states the school is following health guidance. Strep A can include illnesses such as scarlet fever, sore throats and impetigo.
In a letter issued on Friday, December 9, the PHA said: "Dear Parent/Guardian, We have been informed that a number of children who attend Model Primary and Nursery School name have been diagnosed with scarlet fever.
Fourth child confirmed to have died from Strep A
A fourth child has been confirmed to have died from a Strep A infection. © NetStorage Muhammad Ibrahim Ali is understood to have died from invasive Group A streptococcus Pic:JustGiving The death of Muhammad Ibrahim Ali, who was four, was announced by his school in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, on 17 November.Health officials have now confirmed that he had invasive Group A streptococcus (iGas).A JustGiving page set up in his memory described the boy as a "wonderful, kind, smiley and energetic boy.
"The Public Health Agency have advised that because of increased rates Group A streptococcus in the community compared to what is usually seen at this time of year, that it is not unexpected that schools and early years settings will see cases.
"The Public Health Agency has provided the enclosed information leaflet for parents and guardians. I would encourage to read it as it contains useful information about the scarlet fever and other infections caused by Group A streptococcus.
"If your child is unwell, they should not attend school or early years settings. If your child is diagnosed with scarlet fever they should stay at home and not attend school or early years settings for at least 24 hours after starting the antibiotic treatment, to avoid spreading the infection."
Grieving mother of boy who died with Strep A describes symptoms - as another child dies with infection
A Year 8 pupil at a school in southeast London has died after contracting Strep A - as another bereaved family revealed the symptoms their son experienced in his final days. © Sky Muhammad Ibrahim Ali Colfe's School wrote to parents on Thursday to inform them a student had died after developing the infection.Sky News understands that the pupil was in Year 8 and over the age of 10. Current UKHSA figures on Strep A deaths only account for cases in the under-10 age group, with six deaths reported as of Friday. © Other Ibrahim and his aunt Azra Ali.
Further information about scarlet fever is available on the PHA website.
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