Parents and carers are encouraged to be aware of scarlet fever symptoms
Scarlet fever is a seasonal bacterial illness that is common, especially in Springtime. It mainly affects children and is easily treated with antibiotics.
The latest report by Public Health England shows that 7,854 cases of scarlet fever have been reported since mid-September 2018, compared to an average of 9,617 for the same period over the last 5 years.
There were 456 cases reported for the most recent week (18 to 24 March 2019).
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