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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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GP: Scarlet fever 'still uncommon' despite recent rise

A doctor has spoken out to assure parents that scarlet fever is still relatively rare, despite a sudden surge in the number of cases being reported in the East Midlands.

There are normally between 2,000 and 4,000 cases nationally each year - but since the start of January, 134 cases have already been reported to Public Health England in the region.

That is compared to just 56 in the same period last year.

In a chat with ITV News Central presenter Sameena Ali-Khan, Nottingham GP Dr Ian Campbell said while the disease was potentially fatal in previous years, with penicillin available now a complete cure in 10 days was now expected.

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