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Stillwater News

Scarlet fever notification letter

September 14, 2016

To parents/guardians:

Your child may have been exposed to scarlet fever at school. Scarlet fever is a bacterial infection, caused by group A Streptococcus or “group A strep.” Scarlet fever is treatable with antibiotics and usually is a mild illness, but it needs to be treated to avoid complications. Treatment with antibiotics clears up symptoms faster and reduces the spread to other people. Please watch your child for the symptoms which usually appear 2-5 days after exposure.

Common signs and symptoms:

  • Throat pain/very red sore throat
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Red and swollen tonsils, sometimes with white patches or streaks of pus
  • Tiny red spots on the soft or hard palate — the area at the back of the roof of the mouth
  • Swollen, tender lymph glands (nodes) in your neck
  • Fever (101 or above)
  • Headache
  • Rash (bright red and raised)
  • Stomachache or abdominal pain and sometimes vomiting, especially in younger children

 

If you observe any of these signs and symptoms please keep your child home from school, notify the school nurse and contact your doctor for evaluation. A doctor’s note will be required for re-entry to school. If diagnosed a student may return to school after being on antibiotics for 24 hours.

Please call the school’s Health Office if you have any questions.

Middle School/High School Nurse 373-6100 x 30050
Elementary School Nurse 373-6100 x 31005


Respectfully,
School Nurses and K-12 Administration

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