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Warning after rise in scarlet fever cases

Wednesday March 2 2016

Rise in scarlet fever cases Rise in scarlet fever cases

HEALTH CHIEFS are warning parents to be on the lookout for signs and symptoms of scarlet fever in their children after a recent rise in reported cases.

The illness, which is common in March and April, displays symptoms such as a pink rash, sore throat, fever and headaches.

The warning comes from Public Health England (PHE), after a spike in reported cases in the south west of the country. 

The infection commonly affects young children, and generally responds to a course of antibiotics and clears up within a week - but may lead to complications if left untreated.

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