Scarlet fever makes a comeback

Scarlet fever makes a comeback

Scarlet fever makes a comeback

Scarlet fever remains infectious for 24 hours after the ill person starts taking antibiotics or between two and three weeks without antibiotics.

"Whilst there is no clear connection between the situation in the United Kingdom and East Asia, a link can not be excluded without better understanding of the drivers behind these changes".

Public health experts in the United Kingdom joined forces to investigate the rise.

Public Health England recommends you seek medical attention immediately if you think you or your child has scarlet fever.

Cases of scarlet fever have reached a 50-year-high in England, but in Ireland healthcare professionals do not have to report cases to the HSE National Surveillance Centre. Hospitalized cases also got doubled. The highest infection rates in 2015 and 2016 were recorded in the East Midlands, Yorkshire and Humber, and North East.

Lamagni said, "Whilst there is no clear connection between the situation in the United Kingdom and East Asia, a link can not be excluded without better understanding of the drivers behind these changes, the hunt for further explanations for the rise in scarlet fever goes on".

Testing has ruled out a new strain of the infection.

Research is under way to try and find a possible cause and assess prevention strategies.

Study leader Dr Theresa Lamagni, head of streptococcal surveillance at 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".

'Whilst notifications so far for 2017 suggest a slight decrease in numbers, we continue to monitor the situation carefully.

A total of 620 outbreaks of the illness were reported in 2016, mostly in schools and nurseries.

But they suggested that cases go unreported, with the numbers only attributing to about half of GP consultations nationwide.

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South-west Wales saw an outbreak of measles in 2013, which killed one man and hospitalised 88 people. Measles is a very infectious virus, and relies on maintaining very high levels of immunisation within the population to stop it circulating.

Some 600 cases of the Plague continue to be reported each year. This year, there have been outbreaks in Madagascar, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Peru, though there is presence of the plague bacteria, natural foci, in the US, India and Russian Federation.

Group A beta hemolytic streptococci (GABHS) bacteria are the cause of scarlet fever. Cases occur year-round but more commonly in the spring.

It's spread through close contact with people carrying streptococcus - often in the throat - or through contact with objects and surfaces contaminated with the bacterium.

Symptoms include a sore throat, headache and fever, accompanied by a red rash that is rough to the touch (sometimes described as "like sandpaper").

Anyone diagnosed with scarlet fever is advised to stay at home until at least 24 hours after the start of treatment to avoid passing on the infection.

The disease was a common cause of death in childhood during the 1800s, but it has become less common and milder over the past century.

Still, in rare cases it can lead to pneumonia, sepsis, and liver and kidney damage, the research team said.

Most cases of the infection occur in children under ten, but people of any age are at risk.

Several countries in East Asia have also reported an escalation over the past five years, including Vietnam, China, South Korea, and Hong Kong - but there appears to be "no clear connection" between them and England.

"While there is no clear connection between the situation in the United Kingdom and East Asia, a link can not be excluded without better understanding of the drivers behind these changes", Dr Lamagni added.

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