Strep A scarlet fever: Bexley and Bromley identified as hotspots

Figures show that Bexley and Bromley are among authorities in London with the highest scarlet fever cases.  

The data, which is released by the UK Health Security Agency, shows Bromley with the highest toll in London with 13 infections.  

Bexley reported 12, Lewisham recorded one, while Greenwich also reported six across south east London.  

These figures were reported in the seven days up to December 4.  

Symptoms of scarlet fever include sore throat, headache, and fever, along with a fine, pinkish or red body rash with a “sandpapery” feel. 

A total of 1,131 cases of scarlet fever were reported in England and Wales in the week up to December 4, with 156 of these in London, according to UKHSA.  

This is up from 991 infections across the UK the week before and over double, the figure recorded in the week up to November 6. 

London has the third highest regional total of scarlet fever cases in England, behind the South East (189) and North West (182). 

There were very few or no cases at all in areas of East and North London, according to the data. 

The full list of infections recorded in each borough in the week up to December 4 is as follows: 

Bromley – 13 infections 

Bexley – 12 infections 

Ealing – 12 infections 

Hammersmith and Fulham – 12 infections 

Lambeth – 11 infections 

Lewisham – 11 infections 

Croydon – 10 infections 

Hounslow – 9 infections 

Richmond upon Thames – 9 infections 

Wandsworth – Eight infections 

Sutton – Eight infections 

Southwark – Seven infections 

Greenwich – Six infections 

Kingston upon Thames – Five infections 

Hillingdon – Five infections 

Harrow – Five infections 

Brent – Four infections 

Kensington and Chelsea – Two infections 

Camden – One infection 

Barnet – One infection 

Westminster – One infection 

Waltham Forest – 0 infections 

Redbridge – 0 infections 

Havering – 0 infections 

Enfield – 0 infections 

Barking and Dagenham – 0 infections 

Tower Hamlets – 0 infections 

Newham – 0 infections 

Haringey – 0 infections 

Islington – 0 infections 

Hackney – 0 infections 

City of London – 0 infections 

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