08 December 2019 22:31
A UK outbreak of scarlet fever has left Kent with 10 cases of the highly infectious disease. The rare illness was commonly caught by children during the Victorian era but has made an unwelcome return to the UK after being all but eradicated. Medical advances and improvements in general hygiene meant that the highly-contagious infection had been controlled - until now. Recent data shows it has been recorded in hundreds of young children up and down the country, reports Mirror Online. Official figures show 450 cases were recorded in England in the week ending December 1, almost double the number of reported new infections in one week compared to that of six weeks ago.
Have you or your child been diagnosed with scarlet fever? While scarlet fever can now be treated with antibiotics, it can still be very uncomfortable for young children. The highest numbers of cases were recorded in Cumbria, Yorkshire, London, Derbyshire, Buckinghamshire and the South East of England. During the poverty-stricken Victorian era the infection forced children into long, isolated convalescences in hospital, as the disease affected up to 20,000 children a year. Death from the disease today is incredibly rare, with the NHS assuring that while in the past scarlet fever, which usually begins with a Streptococcus A infection, was a very serious illness for children - antibiotics have made it less common and easier to treat.
The infection is contagious from before the symptoms appear, until: Scarlet fever is contagious. London has been hit by almost 100 cases of dangerous scarlet fever as an outbreak sweeps across the country. The capital has one of the highest numbers of cases reported in the country along with Cumbria, Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Buckinghamshire and the South East of England. The highly-infectious fever mostly affects young children so parents are advised to be vigilant, reports the Mirror. The condition that caused misery for Victorian-era children is making a comeback after it was all but eradicated in Britain thanks to a century of medical advances and improved hygiene.
The journal's April 2018 article said current rates in England had reached the highest for 50 years, affecting all parts of the country. The BMJ attributed the increase to a new and virulent strain of scarlet fever. During the poverty-stricken Victorian era the infection forced children into long, isolated convalescences in hospital, as the disease illed up to 20,000 children a year. Death from scarlet fever today is incredibly rare, as the NHS assuring that while in the past scarlet fever, which usually begins with a Streptococcus A infection, was a very serious illness for children - antibiotics have made it less common and easier to treat. Scarlet Fever is not the only Victorian-era disease making a comeback. Health authorities have also noted the return of respiratory illness tuberculosis and sexually transmitted disease gonorrhoea. How many cases of scarlet fever are in you area? North East unitary authorities- 2 North West Unitary Authorities - 16 Yorkshire and the Humber unitary authorities - 7 East Midlands unitary authorities- 7 West Midlands unitary authorities- 1 East of England unitary authorities - 5 South East Unitary authorities - 8 South West unitary authorities- 11 Figures- Public Health England What are the symptoms of scarlet fever? The symptoms of scarlet fever include a sore throat, headache and fever accompanied by a characteristic pink red rash that feels like sandpaper. Your GP can usually diagnose scarlet fever by looking at the rash. Get WhatsApp news alerts to your phone We've set up a new WhatsApp group so you can receive the latest London headlines straight to your phone. To receive one message a day with the main headlines, as well as breaking news alerts, send one of the following to 07900 342671 on WhatsApp, depending on where you want to receive news from: LONDON NEWS CENTRAL LONDON NEWS NORTH LONDON NEWS EAST LONDON NEWS SOUTH LONDON NEWS WEST LONDON NEWS Then add the number to your phone contacts book as 'MyLondon'. You will receive one message a day. Your phone number won't be shared with other members of the group. Your GP will prescribe antibiotics (or liquid for young children) to take for five or 10 days. HUNDREDS of cases of scarlet fever have been recorded across England and Wales last week, with health officials warning the nation about the spread of the contagious disease. Also known as scarlatina, scarlet fever is an infection that can develop in people who have strep throat and is usually a largely childhood affliction seen in those under the age of 10-years-old. Spread by close contact with someone carrying the bacteria, the condition can take up to 5 days to develop symptoms after exposure. The once historically dangerous fever is less serious in the modern age as the illness, characterised by a high temperature, bright red rash and a sore throat, can be treated with a 10-day course of antibiotics. Scarlet fever was very common in the Victorian era and once a death sentence for thousands in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Over the years, cases dramatically reduced, partly due to better hygiene conditions. According to health officials, some 450 cases of scarlet fever were recorded across England and Wales last week. The highest number of cases were seen across the North West with 105 reported cases, 53 in Yorkshire and the Humber and 59 in the East Midlands. Interestingly, between November 18 and November 24, 419 cases were recorded in England and Wales, a sharp increase from the 281 cases reported in the week ending November 3. As Euro Weekly Nees understands, in April, the British Medical Journal noted the rates of scarlet fever in England had reached its highest point for 50 years, with Public Health England reaffirming this reporting that since 2014, the number of cases has risen significantly with between 15,000 and 30,000 diagnosed across England each year. Figures released by Public Health England (PHE) have recorded a dramatic rise in the number of reported cases between 2013, when there were 4,366 cases of scarlet fever, and 2016 with 17,829 cases. The British Medical Journal last year noted the return of the Victorian-era infection after years of decline. The highest numbers of scarlet fever cases were recorded in Cumbria, Yorkshire, London, Derbyshire, Buckinghamshire and the South East of England.