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.
Latest figures show a decline in the number of new cases of scarlet fever being recorded weekly in the East Midlands.
275 more cases of Scarlet Fever have been notified in the East Midlands in the first 11 weeks of 2014 compared to the same time last year.
Public health officials from Derbyshire County Council are warning parents to look out for the symptoms of scarlet fever in their children.