On social media, kindergartens and primary schools are warning about the spread of the disease. Health authorities are urging everyone with symptoms to see a doctor. Scarlet fever was previously a common childhood illness in the United Kingdom. It is now back and the number of cases is rising sharply.
the day after Elizabeth Hobbs She started to feel embarrassed while celebrating Mother’s Day in the UK. She had a sore throat and couldn’t eat the chocolate her children had bought for her.
– Two days later I had trouble breathing, I felt like something had cut my throat with a razor blade.
Elizabeth Hobbs still goes to work. She works as a primary school teacher in Cheshire, northern England, and says it is difficult to take time off. During her lunch break, the manager sent her home. Everyone knows what it was all about. scarlet fever; A Victorian childhood illness has become increasingly common in the UK in recent years. She also arrived at the school where Elizabeth Hobbs works.
The fever rose to 38.7 degrees and my resting heart rate was 120, and it rose to 138 when I started coughing. I thought scarlet fever meant you had a red rash, but that’s not necessarily the case for adults.
Elizabeth Hobbs was given antibiotics for ten days and says it took a week before she started feeling better.
– I was so worried about my children getting hurt. My son had a sore throat, but he did not develop scarlet fever.
Elizabeth Hobbs says the school where she works has seen many cases this year.
It is important that schools follow up on cases and make sure that parents are aware of what is happening without causing hysteria.
The number of reported cases of scarlet fever has risen sharply in recent years. In 2016, 19,000 cases were reported, the highest number in 50 years. The number fell last year, but cases of the disease are now rising faster than in the past five years. In the past 24 weeks, a total of 11,981 cases have been reported.
The increase began five years ago when the number of cases tripled from 2013 to 2014. A study published in The Lancet showed that the UK was the only country in Europe affected by this increase.
The Public Health Agency of Public Health England is urging people with headaches, sore throats and red rashes to contact their doctor’s office. But British doctors were baffled by the increase.
Bate Kampmann He is a professor at Imperial College London and an expert in pediatric infectious diseases. According to her, there are several theories about the reason for the increase in the number of cases.
One reason may be that doctors have become more careful about prescribing antibiotics, which means that some cases of the disease are not treated at an early stage.
She also mentioned larger classes and the fact that more and more parents are sending their children to preschool as possible reasons. It could also be a matter of a more aggressive germ.
– But there are no simple answers, only observations of what is happening. To find out why, we need larger studies looking at bacteria in people’s noses and throats.
According to Pete Kampmann, scarlet fever is not the only childhood illness that is beginning to appear in hospitals and medical clinics in the UK.
Measles is back because some parents are choosing not to vaccinate their children. We can count on all preventable diseases with revaccination if you choose not to vaccinate.
The number of tuberculosis cases has also increased. Four years ago, 6,500 cases were reported in England, and 4,700 of those who fell ill were born abroad. The disease mainly affects people who are malnourished or have a weak immune system
Other Victorian diseases also became more common. The number of cases of scurvy, caused by a low intake of vitamin C, has risen by about 40 percent in the past eight years. In 2011, an eight-year-old died in Wales of deficiency disease. The number of cases of rickets caused by vitamin D deficiency has also increased.
The British must now recognize the diseases they thought had disappeared.
I didn’t know much about scarlet fever until I got sick, says Elizabeth Hobbs. Then my friends told me that’s what Beth was in the 19th century classics by Louisa May Alcott young women died because of. We are fortunate to live in an age when disease can be treated with antibiotics.
Scarlet fever is caused by streptococcus and is treated with antibiotics.
The disease spreads in the same way as the flu through coughing and sneezing, among other things.
The incubation period ranges from one to four days. Early symptoms are sore throat, fever and headache.
Between twelve hours and two days, a lumpy, itchy rash appears and the skin looks like sandpaper. The tongue turns red and the cheeks turn red.
The best way to avoid infection is to wash your hands regularly.
Scarlet fever usually affects children between the ages of two and eight. Those who have had the disease usually are not affected a second time.
The disease caused hundreds of thousands of deaths in Britain during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.