There have been 80 suspected cases of scarlet fever since the start of this year compared with just 16 in the same period two years ago.
There are also growing fears from experts the bacteria that causes scarlet fever could be growing stronger making it a lot harder to treat. However, the increase has also been put down to the amount of parents becoming more aware of the symptoms. These include:
Scarlet fever was once a child killer but now the use of modern antibiotics means that the disease is treatable but the after effects can still be life threatening. Studies have shown that pneumonia, blood poisoning and meningitis can occur even when cases of scarlet fever have been treated, so GP’s and parents are being advised to be extra vigilant if they spot anything abnormal.