Scarlet fever

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Characterized by bright red rashes, fever and sore throat, scarlet fever, or scarlatina, is a transmissible illness caused by a Streptococcus bacterium.  It is a mild illness that is rarer and less threatening nowadays than it was in the past, but a scarlet fever outbreak may still lead to severe complications if left untreated.   Scarlet fever is a mild disease but it may cause serious health problems.


Scarlet fever was once very common in children ages 2 to 10 — when it was associated with deadly epidemics — but now is relatively rare. The development of antibiotics and their early use in the treatment of streptococcal infections has prevented many cases of scarlet fever. 

Medicine Specific diseases
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being
Problem Type:
G: Very specific problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST