Parents reassured as Strep A cases found in primary schools

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PARENTS are being reassured that most cases of Strep A are mild, after a number of cases were found in primary schools in Tunbridge Wells.

Group A Streptococcus (GAS) bacteria normally causes mild to severe illnesses including scarlet fever, impetigo, and strep throat, but there has been a rise in cases in children across the UK and a number of reported deaths.

St John’s C of E Primary School and Temple Grove Academy in Tunbridge Wells both confirmed cases of Strep A among its pupils in a letter to parents last week, where they said they will be implementing measures to keep pupils safe.

St John’s School in Cunningham Road, confirmed one of its pupils was hospitalised after being infected.

The primary school issued a letter to parents to encourage their children to practise good hygiene and to inform the school and their GP if they suspect their child presents any symptoms.

Meanwhile, Temple Grove Academy in Friars Way said they would be implementing Covid-like procedures such as ‘bubbles and zones’ after confirming two cases of Strep A.


Head Teacher, Isabel Ramsey said: “There will be no PE or music, and playtime will be separated into zones to keep classes in their bubbles.”


Parents have been told to remain vigilant, but also reassured that most cases of Strep A are ‘mild’ and can be treated with antibiotics.

Director of Public Health for Kent County Council, Dr Anjan Ghosh, said: “Most cases of scarlet fever are very mild but, working closely together with the NHS, I want to ensure everyone has the information they need to spot Strep A infections.

“We also want parents to be reassured and know what steps to take should they or their child show signs and symptoms of scarlet fever, including a sore throat, headache, temperature and sickness.

“Additionally, it is important residents are aware of the big part they can play in helping to stop the spread of Strep A infections this winter. This includes frequent hand washing, not sharing cutlery, clothes, bedding and towels, and immediately disposing of used tissues to ‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it’ and keep up good hygiene,” Dr Ghosh added.

The NHS recommends calling 111 or your GP if your child is getting worse, eating less than normal, becoming dehydrated or tired and irritable, and has a temperature over 39 degrees.

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