Police say a number of people have shown symptoms of an infection at the Bridewell Custody Suite.
Officers said a “small number” displayed symptoms “consistent with the Group A Streptococcal infection” at the site in Canal Street.
According to Public Health England, Group A Streptococcus is a bacterium carried on the skin and in the throat.
It can cause infections such as a sore throat, skin infections and scarlet fever.
However, on rare occasions infections called invasive Group A Streptococcus, which is known as Strep A, can occur when the bacterium gets past the body’s defences, becoming more serious.
A Nottinghamshire Police spokeswoman said: “A small number of people have come into our custody suite displaying symptoms consistent with the Group A Streptococcal infection.
“To date, none of our staff have been affected by this.
“We have taken advice from partner agencies and implemented precautionary measures including additional hygiene and cleaning measures, as well as the use of gloves and masks to prevent any infection from spreading.
“This is no different to the measures we would implement at any time of increased risk of illness, such as during months when colds and flu are more prevalent.
“We have a team of medical professionals who we work closely with to ensure anyone displaying symptoms receives the appropriate treatment.”
The Ministry of Justice confirmed there was a case identified last week at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court, identified in the custody suite, where a defendant was found with a less contagious form of Strep A.
Court procedures carried on as usual.
The MOJ confirmed the defendant was not in contact with any court officials and, as they were enclosed in the dock, there was no risk of contamination outside of it.
However, Ash Bhatia, of Bhatia Best Solicitors, Carrington Street, said he paid for protective masks and gloves for his staff attending court after being alerted to the issue.
Speaking on Monday, March 18, he said: “I have taken certain measures whereby I have now arranged to buy gloves and masks for my own staff.
“I have only done it today, so when my staff attend the site tomorrow (Tuesday, March 19) they will be slightly better equipped.
“These are some of the steps I’m taking and I am not prepared for anyone that is in my control – i.e. my staff – who has any type of vulnerability to actually attend the location.
“So we are rearranging our affairs in order to be protective towards as many as we possibly can while I wait some reassurance from the powers that be.”
Public Health England said it wasn’t aware of any reports of Strep A at the Bridewell Custody Suite.
A Public Health England spokeswoman said: “Group A Streptococcus (GAS) is a bacterium that is often carried harmlessly on the skin and in the throat and can cause common infections such as sore throat, skin infections and scarlet fever.
“However, on rare occasions, the bacteria can get past the body’s defences and become a more serious invasive Group A Streptococcus (iGAS).”
How can I prevent an infection?
Public Health England advises good hand hygiene measures should be in place and that sharing bed linen and towels should be discouraged.
It also said that sharing injecting apparatus can lead to infection.
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