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Is scarlet fever a common illness in children and babies?

Answered by Dr Ellie Cannon
8th September 2015
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Thankfully, scarlet fever is now relatively uncommon with between 2000 and 4000 cases diagnosed every year in England alone. When scarlet fever does occur, if treated appropriately with antibiotics it should usually be resolved without any further complications. When scarlet fever does occur it is most common in children between the ages of 2-8, although it can affect people of any age. It is unusual in children under the age of 2 due to maternal antibodies that protect the child against the bacterial toxins that cause scarlet fever.


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