An infectious bacterial disease affecting especially children, and causing fever and a scarlet rash. It is caused by streptococci.
- If the bacteria spreads to a wound it can cause more serious illnesses including scarlet fever, rheumatic fever, pneumonia, and occasionally it can be life threatening.
- Passengers were inspected for contagious diseases such as small pox, yellow fever, scarlet fever, and measles.
- Group A streptococci also produce toxins that can cause circulatory collapse in streptococcal toxic shock syndrome or fever and a rash in scarlet fever.
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