scarlet fever

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Definition of scarlet fever 

: an acute contagious febrile disease caused by hemolytic Group A streptococci and characterized by inflammation of the nose, throat, and mouth, generalized toxemia, and a red rash

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When you're done, comment on this pin with a link to your scarlet fever board! Redbook, "The REDBOOK Scarlet Fever Pinterest Contest," 10 July 2012 As the 20th of 22 children, she was well loved but struggled with illness for much of her childhood, battling double pneumonia, scarlet fever, and whooping cough. Kate Siber, Outside Online, "How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Woman," 8 June 2018 But mostly the production just marches through the story, giving everything equal weight — Amy falls through the ice, Beth gets scarlet fever, Meg marries, and each crisis feels pretty much like the others. New York Times, "Review: ‘Little Women,’ Through British Eyes," 11 May 2018 Although anyone who gets strep throat can get scarlet fever, also known as scarlatina, the disease typically strikes children under the age of 10. Meera Senthilingam And Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Health agency warns UK parents as scarlet fever cases soar," 27 Mar. 2018 In England, the number of cases of scarlet fever has tripled over two years, researchers reported in The Lancet. Kate Sheridan, Newsweek, "Strep Vaccine Could Save Lives and Reduce Health Care Costs—So Why Don't We Have One?," 26 Feb. 2018 That's one of the reasons scarlet fever was a leading cause of heart disease for adults before penicillin was discovered. Meera Senthilingam And Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Health agency warns UK parents as scarlet fever cases soar," 27 Mar. 2018 An untreated infection can lead to scarlet fever, flesh-eating infections and toxic shock syndrome. Kate Sheridan, Newsweek, "Strep Vaccine Could Save Lives and Reduce Health Care Costs—So Why Don't We Have One?," 26 Feb. 2018 The first-grader from Indiana was found unresponsive at home after testing positive for influenza B, strep throat, and scarlet fever. David Begnaud, CBS News, "Flu epidemic is not letting up, with 42 states reporting high levels of activity," 3 Feb. 2018

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circa 1651, in the meaning defined above

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scarlet fever

noun

English Language Learners Definition of scarlet fever

: a very serious disease that causes a fever, sore throat, and a red rash

scarlet fever

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Kids Definition of scarlet fever

: a serious illness in which there is a sore throat, high fever, and red rash

scarlet fever

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scar·let fever | \ˈskär-lət- \

Medical Definition of scarlet fever 

: an acute contagious febrile disease caused by Group A bacteria of the genus Streptococcus (especially various strains of S. pyogenes) and characterized by inflammation of the nose, throat, and mouth, generalized toxemia, and a red rash

called also scarlatina

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