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PHE: Scarlet fever notifications continue to increase

16th February 2015

Latest PHE report shows a high number of scarlet fever notifications across England, with 1265 new cases reported in the first 6 weeks of 2015.

Increases in scarlet fever are normal at this time of year as we approach high season between March and April. However, the numbers of cases currently being reported are above what is typical for this time of the year. Whilst this might reflect heightened awareness and improved diagnosis and/or notification practices, the high number of cases currently being notified are of concern. Last year in England, over 14,000 cases of scarlet fever were notified, the highest total since the late 1960s.

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