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Old 12-05-2010, 02:14 AM
Location: Tennessee
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Some info especially for parents of young children:

"There are new reports a once feared and deadly childhood illness may be making a comeback in East Tennessee. Doctors say scarlet fever was once deadly because in years past they didn't have the antibiotics to treat it. In reality it is the same infection as strep throat. Strep throat, and by extension scarlet fever, are extremely contagious bacterial infections that you can contract any time of the year."

Scarlet fever in East Tennessee

It's strep throat with a red rash usually starting on the abdomen.
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Old 12-05-2010, 05:54 PM
Location: Niota, TN
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Thank you very much for posting this. I had no idea it was simular (in the same family) to strep. I will keep my eyes open for any trace of it.
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Old 12-05-2010, 08:14 PM
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Don't get in a panic, this is one of those meaningless articles that leave you with the impression of a dangerous disease is on the rise. Scarlet fever is one form of Strep, not just similar to Strep. The reason Scarlet fever has not been seen much is that Strep has been treated pretty aggressively with antibiotics for decades. Scarlet fever is a strep throat that has a rash develop. Both are equally dangerous if left completely untreated in a small number of cases where the infection can go on to infect organs like the heart (called rheumatic fever) and kidneys. The general common sense rule is if your child/grandchild has a sore throat he or she should be swab tested (usually for a standard throat culture) for Strep and treated according to the result.

One of the best sites for information that is not so sensational is from the Mayo Clinic. Scarlet fever - MayoClinic.com It explains all the symptoms of Strep and the ones that are possible with Scarlet Fever, what to expect from your doctor and treatment options.
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