Scarlet fever is mainly a childhood disease and most common in children between the ages of two and eight – although anyone of any age can catch it.
Public Health England said scarlet fever usually reaches its highest levels in the winter before peaking in March, and there has been a rise in cases over the last few weeks.
Here’s what you need to know about scarlet fever
What is scarlet fever?
It is caused by a bacteria known as group A streptococcus (GAS), which are found on the skin and the throat, and results in a distinctive pink-red rash.
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