London reported the lowest number of cases relative to its population.Scarlet fever is caused by a bacteria known as group A steptococcus (GAS), which are found on the skin and the throat.Public Health England was notified of at least 12,906 cases of scarlet fever last winter – up from 5,746 the year before and 2,830 between September 2013 and March 2014.The areas with the highest infection rates last year were the East Midlands, Cheshire and Merseyside, Yorkshire and the Humber and Wessex.Your GP will be able to treat you or your child for scarlet fever.While scarlet fever used to be serious, it can now be easily treated with antibiotics.Long-term health problems from scarlet fever may include rheumatic fever, kidney disease or arthritis. Here - The NHS website contains extensive information on the illness, symptoms, treatment and potential complications.
Let patients know that they can become infected with scarlet fever more than once. The rash may first emerge on the neck, underarm, and groin regions and then spread over the body.
Other symptoms also include a headache, fever, sore throat, swollen tonsils, chills, vomiting, and abdominal pain.
The tongue may also have a “strawberry”-like appearance.
In general, it strikes after a sore throat or skin infections such as impetigo. Scarlet fever can cause a temperature of above 38.3 degrees, as well as a sore throat and a headache.
Flushed cheeks and a swollen tongue are also signs. Scarlet fever is an airborne illness, which can be caught by inhaling bacteria spread by coughs and sneezes.