Scarlet fever warning in UK

Health officials in the South West Region are warning parent to be alert to signs of scarlet fever. A total of 37 young children have been diagnosed with this illness in the past week. The South West Region includes the counties of Gloucestershire, Bristol,
Wiltshire, Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall, as well as the Isles of Scilly.

Advice For Travellers

Scarlet fever is a bacterial infection that usually affects young children. Symptoms include a high fever, red cheeks, sore throat, swollen tongue, headache, a pinkish rash on the chest and stomach. With antibiotic treatment, symptoms usually clear after a week. There is no vaccine, and, although the illness is usually mild, complications can occur without antibiotic treatment.

Frequent hand washing and maintaining a distance (about 1 m) from people who are coughing and sneezing will help minimize the risk of exposure.

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