Ask our GP: My four children have all come down with scarlet fever. Why is there a high volume of cases here?
My four children have all come down with scarlet fever. I had thought that was an old-fashioned disease that people didn't really get any more. Should I be worried? My GP says they are experiencing a high volume of cases in our area of north Dublin. Why is it so prevalent now? My dad had it as a child and spent a week in an isolation ward; why is it that doctors are not so worried about it today? Also, my children had the disease a year ago and I had thought that you could only get it once. Why does it recur and should I prepare to have this as a yearly event? At the same time, myself and my husband got searing sore throats, cold sores, and were coughing blood. Is this related to the scarlet fever bacteria?
- Published on Apr 17 2018