There have been more than 80 cases of scarlet fever reported in the West Midlands in the last week, with more than 700 being reported in the first three months of the year. There have been 1,167 suspected cases of scarlet fever reported to Public Health England from the start of the year up to April in the West Midlands met area. The number of reports is up from 480 cases reported in the same 13 weeks in 2017, and compares to 428 cases reported in 2016 and 318 in 2015. Scarlet fever is an infectious disease caused by bacteria that can be found on the skin or in the throat. It is recognised by a rash, usually accompanied by a sore throat. The bacteria that cause the infection produce toxins which lead to a rash, a red and swollen tongue and flushed cheeks. The disease is mainly found in children and is most common between the ages of two and eight. It was once dangerous but antibotic treatment means it is now much less common and less serious. However, between 2,000 and 4,000 cases … [Read more...] about More than 80 cases of scarlet fever reported in West Midlands in a week
Causes of scarlet fever
Scarlet fever is back and the number of cases are on the rise, with Public Health England urging people to be aware of how to protect themselves from the virus. The infection is particularly prevalent among young children aged between two and eight, but anyone can contract it. Scarlet fever causes headaches, rashes, fever and sore throats. Dr Theresa Lamagni, from Public Health England, said: "We are strongly urging people with symptoms of scarlet fever, which include a sore throat, headache and fever accompanied by a characteristic rash, to consult their GP. Scarlet fever should be treated with antibiotics to reduce the risk of complications. "Once children or adults are diagnosed with scarlet fever we strongly advise them to stay at home until at least 24 hours after the start of antibiotic treatment to avoid passing on the infection." It is a seasonal infection with the first cases usually emerging in September and peaking during the early months of the year. Symptoms include a … [Read more...] about How to spot scarlet fever and stop it spreading
SCARLET Fever is a bacterial bug that causes a distinctive red rash and mainly affects children. Health experts have warned parents to learn the signs of the highly contagious illness, following news recently that cases have soared to the highest level since the 1960s. Here's what you need to know... Parents are on high alert as the number of cases has soared across the country. The number of diagnoses is double when compared to the same period last year. This winter there have been 11,981 cases, compared to 4,480 in the same five-month stretch last year. It is feared scarlet fever may reach epidemic proportions, with the highest level of cases reported since the 1960s. Dr Theresa Lamagni, from Public Health England, said: "While current rates are nowhere near those seen in the early 1900s, the magnitude of the recent upsurge is greater than any documented in the last century." The bacterial infection, which causes a distinctive pink rash, is more common in children with 89 … [Read more...] about What is scarlet fever, is the rash contagious, what are the symptoms, and can adults get it as well as kids?
More than double the amount of cases of Scarlet fever have been reported in Hull than the same time last year. Nineteen cases of the “very contagious” bacterial infection were reported last week – the highest amount of any week this year. During the same period in 2017, just seven cases were reported in the city. Nationally, nearly 2,000 cases of the seasonal bacterial illness were diagnosed in the week to March 25 which is 2.7 times higher than last year. However, Nick Phin, deputy director at Public Health England, believes the increase in reported cases could be down to greater awareness. He said: “It’s not uncommon to see a rise in cases of scarlet fever at this time of year. “Scarlet fever is not usually a serious illness and can be treated with antibiotics to reduce the risk of complications and spread to others. “We are monitoring the situation closely and remind parents to be aware of the symptoms of scarlet fever and to contact their … [Read more...] about What you need to know about scarlet fever as cases DOUBLE in Hull
Story highlights More than 15,300 cases of scarlet fever have been reported since September If caught early, the disease is mild and can be treated with antibiotics (CNN)England's health agency is warning parents to be aware of the signs and symptoms of scarlet fever as infections continue to soar nationwide. Between mid-September and the week ending March 18, more than 15,370 cases of the age-old killer were reported to Public Health England. "Greater awareness and improved reporting practices may have contributed to this increase," said Nick Phin, deputy director at Public Health England. Identified by a bright red rash that looks and feels like sandpaper, scarlet fever is a highly contagious disease caused by the same bacteria behind strep throat, group A Streptococcus pyogenes. As scarlet fever cases rise, baffled researchers investigate Public Health England is advising parents to be on the lookout for these symptoms, as if caught early, the illness is mild and can … [Read more...] about Health agency warns UK parents as scarlet fever cases soar