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Scarlet fever cases rise.

Scarlet fever cases rise.

Nearly 900 cases of scarlet fever have been reported in Wales in the first three months of 2018.

Scarlet fever, also called scarlatina, causes a blotchy, pink-red rash and mostly affects children under 10 years old.

 

In rare cases it can cause severe illnesses like pneumonia, sepsis and liver and kidney damage but it is rarely serious and can be treated with antibiotics.

From the start of the year up to April 1, 882 suspected cases of scarlet fever were reported in Wales to Public Health England (PHE), which collects reports for both England and Wales.

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