fever cases rising in Somerset, says Public Health England
Health England is reporting an increase in the number of scarlet
fever cases across Somerset so far this winter - despite a decrease
in cases across the whole south west region.
recorded 27 cases last year but there have been 34 cases in the
same period this winter.
from doctors have fallen by 18% across the region compared to the
same period last year.
Health England South West Deputy Director of Health Protection,
Mike Wade, said: "Scarlet fever is a common infection which
is more frequently suffered during winter. Symptoms usually clear
up after a week, and in the majority of cases remain reasonably
scarlet fever is highly contagious, children or adults diagnosed
with scarlet fever by their GP should stay at home until at least
24 hours after the start of antibiotic treatment to avoid passing
on the infection. Basic good hygiene such as washing hands regularly
and covering mouth and nose with a tissue to catch coughs and sneezes
will help prevent the spread of scarlet fever."
fevers symptoms include a sore throat, headache and fever
with a characteristic sandpapery, fine, pinkish or red rash. If
anyone develops these symptoms they should see a GP for assessment.
fever is mainly a childhood disease and is most common between the
ages of two and eight years. It was once a very dangerous infection,
but although much less serious now, complications can arise, particularly
in those who remain untreated. There is currently no vaccine.
fever is defined as a 'notifiable disease' in England, and since
mid-September there have been 348 reports made to PHE South West,
compared to 422 the previous year.
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