Scarlet fever is back and parents need to watch out for these signs and symptoms

Parents should once again be on the lookout for scarlet fever signs and symptoms following an increase in outbreaks across the country.

Scarlet fever is mainly a childhood disease and most common in children between the ages of two and eight – although anyone of any age can catch it.

Public Health England said scarlet fever usually reaches its highest levels in the winter before peaking in March, and there has been a rise in cases over the last few weeks.

Here’s what you need to know about scarlet fever

What is scarlet fever?

It is caused by a bacteria known as group A streptococcus (GAS), which are found on the skin and the throat, and results in a distinctive pink-red rash.

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