Possible epidemic of scarlet fever in England

During the last 6 months, the number of reports of children with scarlet fever has increased by nearly 40% to the highest level in the past 50 years. Although there are cases of this infection reported every year, authorities are concerned that transmission of this disease may reach epidemic levels. Outbreaks have been reported in Norwich (Norfolk County), Banbury (Oxfordshire County), Nantwich (Cheshire County) and all boroughs in Surrey.

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Scarlet fever is a highly infectious disease caused by the streptococcus bacteria. It is most common in children. Symptoms include a sore throat, headache, fever and pinkish rash on the chest that appears within a day or two and may spread to other parts of the body. With antibiotics, symptoms are usually mild and resolve in a week in the majority of cases. Although scarlet fever is now a much less serious infection than it used to be, complications can still arise, particularly in those who are not treated promptly.

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