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Scarlet fever

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In the light of the current outbreak of scarlet fever, which has seen the number of cases double in the first three months of the year compared with the same period in 2017, this is a timely reminder of the presentation and prognosis of the infection, including mechanisms of transmission, when to take a throat swab and culture, differential diagnosis and complications.


After completing this module, you should be better able to:

  • Understand the aetiology of scarlet fever
  • List the differential diagnoses with a presentation of scarlet fever
  • Investigate a patient with scarlet fever
  • Manage the condition and provide patient education


Dr Nigel Stollery, GP, Leicestershire, Clinical assistant in dermatology at Leicester Royal Infirmary

This resource is provided at a basic level by MIMS Learning. Read the article and reflect on what you have learned, then answer the test questions at the end.

Complete the resource to obtain a certificate of completion to include in your revalidation portfolio. You should record the time spent on this resource in your CPD log.


Infectious diseases in children: Scarlet fever Dr Mary Lowth