Unprecedented Rise In Scarlet Fever In England And Asia

Scarlet fever is on the rise.

According to the latest issue of The Lancet Infectious Diseases, cases of scarlet fever in the UK reached a 50 year high last year with a seven fold increase in new cases in the last five years.

In addition, similar increases having been reported in a number of Asian countries including Vietnam, China, South Korea and Hong Kong.

But public health authorities remain perplexed as to why the disease appears to be making a comeback. Detailed analysis of the causative organism shows different strains of the strep bacteria have been responsible for the UK and Asian outbreaks, ...

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