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Scarlet heat cases soar by 50% in the last week after outbreaks strech a 50-year high – here are the signs you child is at risk

CASES of carmine heat have soared by 50 per cent opposite the UK in the last week after outbreaks strech the top levels in England for 50 years, experts have warned.

Public Health England sum show 544 people were struck down with the illness in the last week, a pointy arise on the 352 cases from the prior week.

 Scarlet heat causes a red/pink rash that feels like sandpaper
Scarlet heat causes a red/pink rash that feels like sandpaper

It comes after there were some-more than 19,000 cases of the infection reported in 2016 – the many given 1967.

Hospitalisations almost doubled between 2013 and 2016, from 703 cases to 1,300 cases.

Parents are being urged to be wakeful of the symptoms and hit their GP immediately if they trust their child is infected.

Dr Theresa Lamagni, conduct of streptococcal notice at Public Health England, said: “It’s not odd to see some-more cases of scarlet fever during winter and spring.

 One of the early signs of the infection is a bruise throat
One of the early signs of the infection is a bruise throat

“Although the arise in cases seen last week is of concern, scarlet fever is not a critical illness and can be treated with antibiotics to revoke the risk of complications and widespread to others.

“We are monitoring the conditions closely and remind relatives to be wakeful of the symptoms of scarlet fever and to hit their GP for comment if they consider their child competence have it.”

Early signs of carmine heat embody a bruise throat, headache, fever, distended glands and a pink/red phony rash that feels like sandpaper.

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

The infection is magnitude foul and, while not customarily serious, requires obligatory medical courtesy to revoke the risk of complications and it being upheld on to others.

THE symptoms of carmine heat arise within a week of being infected.

Early signs include:

  • sore throat
  • headache
  • high temperature
  • swollen glands in the neck
  • being sick

This can be followed by a rash on the body, face and a white or red tongue.

 

The rash

It will tend to start on the chest or tummy, before swelling to other areas.

The rash is done up of pink-red blotches that can join up.

It feels like sandpaper, and will be brighest red in folds of skin including the armpits or elbows.

It will spin white if you hurl a potion over it.

 

Red face

While the rash will magnitude widespread to the face, your child’s cheeks may be splendid red.

It can demeanour a bit like sunburn, with the area around the mouth staying pale.

 

White/red tongue

In some cases a white cloaking may form on the tongue.

It will flay divided after a few days, leaving the tongue red and swollen.

It’s famous as “strawberry tongue”.

 

See your GP or dial NHS 111 asap if you consider your child has carmine fever.

Dr Lamagni added: “While stream rates are nowhere nearby those seen in the early 1900s, the bulk of the new torrent is larger than any documented in the last century.

“Whilst notifications so distant for 2017 advise a slight diminution in numbers, we continue to guard the conditions carefully.

“Guidance on government of outbreaks in schools and nurseries has just been updated and examine continues to serve examine the rise.

 Scarlet heat is caused by germ famous as organisation A streptococcus
Scarlet heat is caused by germ famous as organisation A streptococcus

She pronounced the means of the spike in cases is not known, but several countries in East Asia have also reported a arise in cases including Vietnam, China, South Korea and Hong Kong.

“While there is no transparent tie between the conditions in the UK and East Asia, a couple can't be released but better bargain of the drivers behind these changes,” Dr Lamagni added.

“The hunt for serve explanations for the arise in carmine heat goes on.”


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A new study, published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, found carmine heat has turn much some-more common given 2011, with a sum of 620 outbreaks last year, mostly in schools and nurseries.

Testing has ruled out a new aria of the infection.

Scarlet heat is caused by germ famous as organisation A streptococcus.

It is widespread by close hit with people carrying the bacteria, mostly in the throat, or by touching infested objects and surfaces.

 The condition is many common in children under ten
The condition is many common in children under ten

Cases start year round, but especially in the spring.

It was a common means of childhood death in Victorian times.

In singular cases currently it can means serious illnesses such as pneumonia, sepsis and liver and kidney damage.

In the early 1900s by to the 1930s the series of cases of carmine heat in England and Wales frequently surfaced 100,000.

Since then the numbers have been usually disappearing interjection to the introduction of antibiotics.

But given 2014 the numbers have been rising again.

Dr Lamagni and colleagues analysed new cases of carmine heat from 1911 onwards in England and Wales, comparing the magnitude of complications and hospitalisations.

They detected that cases tripled between 2013 and 2014, rising from 4,700 cases to 15,637 cases.

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

The top rates on infection in new years were in the East Midlands, Yorkshire Humber and the North East.

Public Health England recommends you find medical courtesy immediately if you consider you or your child has carmine fever.

Patients are suggested to stay at home until at slightest 24 hours after the start of antibiotic diagnosis to equivocate flitting on the infection.


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