scarlet fever


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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Lord Arthur was subpoenaed to testify but committed suicide, allegedly, before submitting to this ordeal (his family claimed scarlet fever). Joey Nolfi,, "See RuPaul, Bianca Del Rio, more in exclusive excerpts from Drag: The Complete Story book," 16 Sep. 2019 Nick nearly drowned at two, fell out of a moving car at three and survived scarlet fever at eight. S.l. Price,, "‘I Feel Lost. I Feel Like a Child’: The Complicated Decline of Nick Buoniconti," 9 May 2017 For the most part, infected persons will not get sick from the bacteria, although mild cases can cause strep throat, scarlet fever or a skin infection, officials said. Fox News, "Outbreak of rare bacterial infection kills 12 in the UK, officials say," 27 June 2019 The bacteria, which cause diseases like scarlet fever and strep throat, are often carried harmlessly on the skin, and spread easily between people through contact. Iliana Magra, New York Times, "Rare Bacterial Infection Leaves at Least 12 Dead in U.K.," 26 June 2019 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

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circa 1651, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of scarlet fever

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

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Kids Definition of scarlet fever

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

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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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