scarlet fever


scarlet fever
a highly infectious disease caused by a strain of Streptococcus bacteria that produces toxins. Symptoms begin 2–4 days after exposure and include fever, tonsillitis, and a characteristic widespread scarlet rash. The tongue is also affected; initially covered by a thick white material, it then becomes bright red (the ‘strawberry tongue’). Treatment with antibiotics shortens the course of the disease and reduces the risk of secondary complications, which include kidney and ear inflammation.
Medical names:
scarlatina.

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  • scarlet fever — n. an acute contagious disease, esp. of children, caused by hemolytic streptococci and characterized by sore throat, fever, and a scarlet rash …   English World dictionary

  • scarlet fever — noun uncount a disease mainly affecting children that causes a fever, sore throat, and red spots on your skin …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • scarlet fever — also scar|la|ti|na [ˌska:ləˈti:nə US ˌska:r ] n [U] a serious infectious illness that mainly affects children, causing a sore throat and red spots on your skin …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Scarlet fever — EMedicine2|emerg|518 MeshID = D012541Scarlet fever is a disease caused by an exotoxin released by Streptococcus pyogenes . It is characterized by sore throat, fever, a strawberry tongue , and a fine sandpaper rash over the upper body that may… …   Wikipedia

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  • Scarlet fever — Also called scarlatina, a disease caused by infection with group A streptococcal bacteria that occurs in a small proportion of people with strep throat. The incubation period between contracting strep and the onset of scarlet fever is short,… …   Medical dictionary

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