Schools minister Nick Gibb says the idea is under consideration
Preventative antibiotics could be given to children at schools affected by Strep A infections, the schools minister has confirmed.
Nick Gibb told GB News the issue was raised in the House of Lords on Monday and the use of antibiotics is an option.
Updated guidance on scarlet fever outbreaks, which are caused by Strep A, published by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) in October sets out how antibiotics can be used as prophylaxis but a decision is taken with local outbreak control teams (OCTs) on “a case-by-case basis”.
It added: “It can be considered in exceptional circumstances by the OCT; for example, when there are reports of severe outcomes, or hospitalisations.”
Mr Gibb told GB News: “Lord Markham said in the House of Lords yesterday that the UK Health and Security Agency are monitoring the position and are considering those kind of issues in those schools where there is an infection.
“This is an ongoing situation, the UKHSA are involved very closely with those schools and they will be providing further advice later on.
“But that may well be an option for those particular schools where there is an infection.”
It comes after the deaths of at least eight children from invasive Strep A infection since September.
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