A Worcestershire GP has created a guide to Strep A and scarlet fever.

Dr Louise Bramble has moved to reassure parents concerned by the apparent rise in cases of the infection.

As the clinical lead for Women and Children for Herefordshire and Worcestershire Integrated Care Board, Dr Bramble has decided to put together a set of online resources with advice for parents.

The mother of two said: “Parents and carers across the country are feeling understandably worried and anxious at the moment with the reports of the increase in Group A Strep infections.

“Group A Strep is a common type of bacteria that can affect both children and adults.

“It can cause tonsillitis, skin infections, and Scarlet Fever - but it doesn’t always cause you to become unwell.”

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Worcester News: Dr Bramble is a GP at Chaddesley Corbett SurgeryDr Bramble is a GP at Chaddesley Corbett Surgery (Image: Newsquest)

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The latest data released by the UK Health Security Agency revealed there has been 23 suspected cases in Worcestershire in the last month, from November 7 to December 4.

Of these cases, nine have come in the last week and on Wednesday we reported how three cases had been confirmed at Martley Primary School.

Dr Bramble, GP at Chaddesley Corbett Surgery in the north of the county, explained the signs parents should be on the lookout for.

“Symptoms of Scarlet Fever include a high temperature, sore throat, red tongue with a white coating and a rash that feels like sandpaper,” she said.

“Thankfully, however, most cases of Scarlet Fever are mild and can be treated with antibiotics.

“It’s also important to remember that at this time of year there are lots of other infections that can cause fever and sore throat - so not all children with these symptoms will have Group A Strep infection.”

Dr Bramble has also recommended the Paediatric Handi App and the NHS website, which offer advice to parents and carers on how to look after their children and when to seek further help.

Parents can also use 111.nhs.uk or call NHS 111 to check their child’s symptoms, 24 hours a day.

Dr Bramble's resource can be found at https://www.hwics.org.uk/our-services/scarlet-fever-group-strep.