Scarlet Fever Alert
As at 6th May 2011, we have had two reported cases of Scarlet Fever ...
Scarlet fever is caused by an infection with group A streptococcus Nowadays, scarlet fever is rare in the UK because of the regular use of antibiotics.... bacteria.
What are the symptoms? The characteristic symptom of scarlet fever is a widespread, fine pink-red rash that feels like sandpaper to touch. It may start in one place, but soon spreads to many parts of the body, such as the ears, neck and chest. It may itch.
The person will develop a flushed, red face, hence the name scarlet fever.
It takes around one to four days to develop symptoms after being infected.
Who is affected? The disease is very contagious and can be caught by breathing in the bacteria in airborne droplets from an infected person's coughs and sneezes. Anybody can catch scarlet fever, however, it is most common between the ages of 6 and 12.
Prevention: To prevent transmission use a tissue if coughing or sneezing and wash hands after use.
Outlook: Scarlet fever is easily treatable with antibiotics, which must be taken for 10 days. Most people recover after four to five days.