Cases of scarlet fever in Norfolk have almost doubled in a week - with Norwich seeing the biggest spike.

Figures by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) have revealed the locations in the county where people have come down with the contagious infection.

Confirmed cases of scarlet fever and Strep A, which are caused by the same bacteria, have risen significantly in recent weeks - putting increasing pressure on GPs and walk-in centres.

Fakenham & Wells Times: A DIAGNOSED case of scarlet fever showing characteristic red cheeks and rash. Photo:

A total of 43 cases have been confirmed across the county in the week ending December 11 - a 95.5pc increase on the previous week.

Cases in Norwich have risen from seven to 18.

This was followed by the Breckland district with 10.

South Norfolk recorded eight cases, whereas Broadland saw five, followed by one in King's Lynn and West Norfolk and North Norfolk.

Great Yarmouth's scarlet fever cases fell from four to zero.


In the east of England, there has been 191 cases reported in the last week, with Norfolk seeing the highest number.

The recent outbreak has prompted health bosses to issue warnings over how to spot the condition - and what to do if you suspect your child has it.

What is scarlet fever?

Scarlet fever is an infection which is caused by a bacteria called group A streptococci.

It is usually a very mild illness, however, it is highly infectious.

It is most commonly found in young children, particularly those aged between one and four.

What is Strep A?

Strep A is a common type of bacteria. Most strep A infections are mild and easily treated, but some are more serious.

While rare, serious infection is called invasive group A strep (iGAS).

Strep A occurs when the bacteria finds its way into a person's bloodstream and in extremely rare occasions can be fatal in children.

Symptoms to look out for include:

  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • A fine, pinkish or red rash with a rough feel

Parents are encouraged to make sure their children are washing their hands properly with soap and warm water, catching coughs and sneezes with tissues and keeping away from others while feeling unwell.