Children are particularly susceptible to scarlet fever
The number of scarlet fever cases are on the rise, with Public Health England urging people to be aware of how to protect themselves from the virus.
Young children aged between two and eight are particularly susceptible to scarlet fever, but anyone can contract it.
Scarlet fever causes headaches, rashes, fever and sore throats.
Dr Theresa Lamagni, from Public Health England, said: “We are strongly urging people with symptoms of scarlet fever, which include a sore throat, headache and fever accompanied by a characteristic rash, to consult their GP.
“Scarlet fever should be treated with antibiotics to reduce the risk of complications.
“Once children or adults are diagnosed with scarlet fever we strongly advise them to stay at home until at least 24 hours after the start of antibiotic treatment to avoid passing on the infection.”
It is a seasonal infection with the first cases usually emerging in September and peaking during the early months of the year.
Symptoms include a pinky-red blotchy rash, red face and a white or red swollen tongue. Other signs could include a high temperature, swollen glands, sore throat and a headache.