Source: Stuff, 18 August 2016
Newtown School has warned parents there has been a case of
scarlet fever at the school.
It told parents the news via its Facebook page, and sent an
information sheet home with children from the same learning group
as the infected child.
Principal Mark Brown said one child had scarlet fever, and had
been at home during the infectious stage of the sickness.
The child's parents had told the school, which was "pre-arming"
parents with good information, he said.
Medical officer of health Jill McKenzie said the school had let
its public health nurse know about the case of scarlet
It was caused by the same streptococcal bacteria
that caused a sore throat and, as with any throat
infection, children should visit a doctor who could prescribe
antibiotics if necessary, which would start to work within 24
"People need to stay home if they feel unwell."
It was a bug that went from person to person through coughing,
and parents did not need to worry that children would catch it
through any surfaces at Newtown School.
What differentiated scarlet fever from strep throat was a rash,
which was the body's reaction to the bacteria.
"Generally, if someone has scarlet fever, they're feeling pretty
unwell and miserable."
Strep throat was not a common illness, and it was even rarer for
people to get a rash and be diagnosed as having scarlet fever.
Symptoms of scarlet fever include a sore throat, high
temperature, vomiting and a red rash. It can appear quite
suddenly, and has an incubation period of one to three days in
It is spread through coughing and sneezing, and contaminated
hands, food and food utensils.