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Drop in new scarlet fever cases in the East Midlands

Latest figures show a decline in the number of new cases of scarlet fever being recorded weekly in the East Midlands.

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Warning after scarlet fever outbreak in East Midlands

More than 130 cases of scarlet fever have been reported so far this year in the East Midlands, sparking a warning from health bosses in the region.

The bacterial infection, which causes a distinctive pink-red rash, is rare in the UK but there has been a surge in cases over the past few weeks.

Scarlet fever causes a distinctive pink-red rash Credit: NHS Choices

Teachers and nursery staff in Lincolnshire have now been sent letters by the county council advising them on how to spot the warning signs of the condition.

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