Friday, January 13, 2012

Scarlet Fever

Letters were sent home to area parents, but this seems important enough to spread the news to everyone.

Baltimore Sun Article: Scarlet fever identified at Baltimore elementary school

From the article:

At least one student at George Washington Elementary in southwest Baltimore has been diagnosed with scarlet fever, according to the city health department.

Scarlet fever is a common infection caused by streptococcus bacteria and spread by person-to-person contact, coughing and sneezing, according to the letter.

The illness can be treated with antibiotics. If left untreated, complications such as rheumatic fever and kidney disease may ensue, the letter says.

A fever and red rash on the neck and chest are typical signs of scarlet fever.


 Stay safe out there.  Being informed is half that battle.


Baltimore Sun: Three Baltimore elementary students contract scarlet fever - Children are classmates at George Washington Elementary

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