Warning to parents after increase in scarlet fever cases

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Public health officials from Derbyshire County Council are warning parents to look out for the symptoms of scarlet fever in their children after an increase in reports of the disease.

To help prevent the spread of scarlet fever, which most commonly occurs in children aged between two and eight, public health officials are advising parents to take children with suspected symptoms to their GP.

The first symptoms often include a sore throat, headache, fever, nausea and vomiting. After 12 to 48 hours a fine red rash develops which feels like sandpaper to touch.

 

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