Parents in Tayside and Fife are being urged to look out for symptoms of Strep A in their children following reports of local cases.

Eight cases of Strep A in children under 10 years have been identified in Scotland, according to Public Health Scotland (PHS).

The illness is caused by the bacteria group A streptococci. It is spread by contact with an infected person, or contact with infected skin lesions.

Common symptoms of a Strep A infection include:

  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • High temperature
  • A skin rash made up of raised pink or purple spots, which feels like sandpaper to the touch.
  • Swollen tonsils with white patches.
  • Swollen neck glands.

In very rare occasions, the bacteria can get into the bloodstream and cause IGAS. Symptoms include:

  • High fever.
  • Severe muscle aches.
  • Pain in one area of the body.
  • Redness at the site of a wound.
  • Vomiting or diarrhoea.