Scarlet fever
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Scarlet fever

Essential facts

Scarlet fever is characterised by a rash that usually accompanies a sore throat and flushed cheeks. It is mainly a childhood illness. While this contagious disease rarely poses a danger to life today, outbreaks in the past led to many deaths.

Nursing Standard. 30, 35, 17-17. doi: 10.7748/ns.30.35.17.s20

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