Scarlet Fever Outbreak In England Leaves Researchers Confused: "We're Concerned"

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Scarlet fever cases are now at 50-year-high sparking concerns for researchers, as they are baffled as to how “Victorian-era” diseases are making a comeback.

The disease has been on the rise since 2014, and researchers are failing to find the cause.

Scarlet fever hit its highest level in England for 50 years, with more than 17,000 cases reported in 2016 according to research in the Lancet. The infection is most common in children under the age of 10 and although highly contagious (being spread easily with a cough) is easily cured with a round of antibiotics. But that, in and of itself, raises concerns of the disease becoming resistant to antibiotics, creating a global pandemic.

Doctors are urging the public to be aware of symptoms, which include a rosy rash, and seek help from their doctor. Data for 2017 suggests the rate of infection may be falling, but experts remain cautious, saying it is “too early to tell.” Normally, first world nations have a better chance of handling an outbreak such as this, but England is on the verge of losing control over this scarlet fever outbreak.

A joint investigation by public health authorities from across England and Wales found that the incidence of scarlet fever tripled between 2013 and 2014, rising from 4,700 cases to 15,637 cases. In 2016, there were 19,206 reported cases, the highest level since 1967. The majority of the outbreaks were in England.

“We are concerned – it’s quite a dramatic rise,” said Dr. Theresa Lamagni, head of streptococcal surveillance at Public Health England, who led the study.

“We’ve always seen cases of scarlet fever – it’s just the scale in the past has been much lower than the last few years.” 

Dr. Lamagni described the soaring number of cases of scarlet fever as “baffling”, adding that no underlying causes had been identified. She stressed that the individual cases of the disease are “not any more serious than previously – it’s just a question of scale.”


Scarlet fever was a common cause of death in the Victorian era but had largely been in decline since the introduction of antibiotics. As with any bacterial infection, prompt treatment remains essential to prevent both the spread of the disease and the risk of further complications such as pneumonia and liver damage. Anyone diagnosed with scarlet fever is advised to stay at home until at least 24 hours after the start of treatment to avoid passing on the infection.

There is no vaccine against the disease and all cases must be reported by doctors to the local health authority. Molecular genetic testing has ruled out a newly emerged strain of the infection. Additionally, there has not been any suggestion that the disease has become resistant to the penicillin normally used to treat it – yet.


land_of_the_few Byte Me Wed, 11/29/2017 - 03:47 Permalink

Desi folks, more like. In that case therefore nothing to do with refugees, or immigration from Europe. Just straight immigration from Asia, which won't be stopped by raising boerders with Europe. Does it share the same kind of distribution as TB in London for example?… they block intra-company transfers they might make some progress. 

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Ghordius i-dog Wed, 11/29/2017 - 05:48 Permalink

hi i-dog. long time no see

"Allowing in millions of Ottoman invaders straight out of the Victorian Era might be a clue!"

I think it's the wrong clue. evidence:

- PM Cameron *promised* to take 20'000 Syrian war refugees until 2020. (and refugees from all over the world in the UK are roughly 100k)

- Germany took up 1'000'000... and there is no Yellow Fever there

(the comment reminds me of Boris Johnson warning in London that the EU wants to let Turkey in, and so 70 million Turks in the UK... while also visiting Ankara, stating he is proud of his Turkish ancestry, and promising help and support for Turkey's access to the EU. no kidding, look it up)

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Maghreb quadraspleen Wed, 11/29/2017 - 11:19 Permalink

There are a few million invaders/invites/refugees but at end of the day they aren´t bringing back Scarlet Fever. As for Porton Down I imagine if they were behind this we would see a couple of million dead from some resistant strain mixed with whooping cholera. If these Bio-Warfare experts were as good as they say humanity would be extinct by now.Could be some freak got his hands on a very nasty strain and released it into the wild. God knows what goes on in our morgues these days. There a freaks like that in all branchs of medicine. Case point this guy Wyndham Latham from Chicago. No evidence this guy leaked the ancient plague samples he had spent his career collecting but he was a fucking grade-A psycho. CDC and WHO released a plague alert a few weeks later and that Madagacar thing blew up. Media are going real easy on that sick fucker some reason.… just be child poverty. A lot of kids are physically and mentally unwell due to the state of the country and their upbringing........  Not sure why the race troll bots are so obssesed with foriegners spreading disease. Looks like they trying to cover the fact the enviro-facists want most the population dead white, black or yellow. Reason why Europeans are dying out quicker is these fuckers run Europe. Africans and Arabs fucking hate these people more than anyone. Whites should be glad they got reenforcments or atleast a distraction.........

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i-dog Ghordius Wed, 11/29/2017 - 06:28 Permalink

Hi, Gordy.What a reminder of times passed ... Hitting me straight away with a straw man!I said "invaders" and you immediately flipped it to "refugees".According to some figures, the number of strictly defined refugees is around 200,000. But one should also add the 600,000 invaders who come each year for "work" or "study". Are there no unemployed already in Britain to do the work? Are there no schools or universities in Africa/Asia that teach Women's Studies?Anyway, the Syrian war is already over, so all of the Syrians should now go right back to praying to Mecca from a more convenient distance.

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NoPension i-dog Wed, 11/29/2017 - 06:35 Permalink

Look for a bright side, peeps. Life seems to imitate art anymore...maybe the old school writers had a clue..

War Of The Worlds!!! ......just when mankind was at the end of his string...the lowly little microbe...that Man had evolved with over the eons..did its job, and saved the species.

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Ghordius i-dog Wed, 11/29/2017 - 07:36 Permalink

I thought "invaders" is kind of... loaded. you find it is not? they have a visa, don't they?students? that's highly hygienic upper-middle to upper class youngsters, aren't they? some of them are Indians and might be future Nobel prizes in chemistry, physics, etc.but hey, the UK's immigration policies are theirs to manage... or not. my two cents is that it's not our Poles or Bulgarians that import Yellow Fever to Britain

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Urban Redneck Winston Churchill Wed, 11/29/2017 - 07:47 Permalink

I have been vaccinated for yellow fever, but I suffered scarlet fever two separate times four decades ago.  I am not sure I buy the quack medical advice about how it is "easily treated" with penicillin, since I came closer to dying from scarlet fever than I did with any later exposure to gunfire, high order explosives, or even yellow fever.  I did not grow up in the Victorian era.

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swmnguy Ghordius Wed, 11/29/2017 - 09:25 Permalink

Scarlet Fever is a Strep A infection.  My daughter was susceptible to Strep infections as a small child.  It was tricky to diagnose because for the first few days it's clear the kid is sick, but seems like a common virus that will just go away after a few days of rest, lots of fluids, and some ibuprofen or acetominophen for fever and aches.  Strep won't show up on the common screening tests until the kid is really sick.  Then a round of antibiotics generally knocks it out, with (in my daughter's case) dramatic improvement after the first few doses.  You have to take the full 7-10 days worth of antibiotic to kill it for good though, and many parents are uninformed enough to not persevere in giving all the medication for the full time.It's not coming in with immigrants from Muslim countries.  Strep is endemic.  It ebbs and flows over time, too.  Scarlet Fever was in decline before the widespread use of antibiotics, but it comes back from time to time, place to place.  Recently it's been on the uptick in the UK, Hong Kong, Vietnam and South Korea.  Researchers aren't sure why.More horseshit from "Mac Slavo."  He's the source of shit hitting the fan, per the name of his website.  Sloppily and breathlessly re-written real news articles, rendered into fear-porn bullshit for the gullible and fearful.

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NoPension freetrade Wed, 11/29/2017 - 06:51 Permalink

Worth repeating....

My buddy built and moved into his new house. Had to enroll his kids in the local school district. A two day affair. Birth certificates, proof of residence, tax records, utility bills, VACINATION Records!!!!!...from birth!
....did I bud is white, and his kids where born in the USA?

......meanwhile...down on the farm....these Fucking schools are OVER- fucking- RUN with third world illegal shitskin Hispanic offspring. To the point where the local county's want to double our fucking property taxes to handle these illegal....5 family to a trailer...overbreeding ( what do they do when they ain't fucking?) illegal invader fucks...with NO identification or Vacination records. AT all!!! fucking ALL!
What the mother fuck!!!! Who is this country RUN for? The people born here??? Or...whoever can sneak and steal their way into the land? And the fucking system and politicians bend over backwards....FOR THESE people...and we get to PAY!
I, for getting sick and tired of watching it. I have compassion...for my fellow NATIVE born USA American...who is getting ass raped daily, by this bullshit.

And they " wonder why" these diseases that were eradicated here decades ago are suddenly making a comeback. Get the fuck outa here!

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Skateboarder Wed, 11/29/2017 - 03:26 Permalink

Three-year data looks like a square-root function.And how do they know this is the same strain as "Scarlet Fever?" They didn't have chemical decomposition back then... the modern variety thought to be "Scarlet Fever" can be anything.

Parrotile Wed, 11/29/2017 - 03:30 Permalink

Caused by Streptococcus pyogenes - the same organism that's responsible for the ubiquitous "Strep Throat". Your "run of the mill" Lancefield Group A beta-haemolytic Streptococcus. Responsible for a surprising amount of human mortality - - still entirely susceptible to the first-generation Penicillins, and for this we should be very grateful indeed.Cause of this problem? Loss of collective immunity, overcrowding, and possibly inappropriate use of antibiotics. The BIG risk is concomitant infection with e.g. chickenpox or influenza - which can be devastating.Nice Nature review article if you are interested! - - good references too!

BorraChoom Wed, 11/29/2017 - 04:32 Permalink

According to the July 2017 Infectious Disease Epidemiology Annual Report by the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin, Germany has seen a surge in chicken pox, cholera, dengue fever, tuberculosis, leprosy, measles, malaria, meningococcal diseases, hemorrhagic fevers, hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, paratyphoid, rubella, shigellosis, syphilis, typhus, toxoplasmosis, tularemia, trichinellosis, whooping cough, and many fungal and parasitic infections. Here are a few striking examples:Measles is up more than 450 percent. Hepatitis B is up 300 percent. Scabies escalated nearly 3,000 percent. HIV/AIDS increased 30 percent. Tuberculosis (TB) is at least 30 percent higher – but German and U.S. physicians suspect that the incidence of TB is actually far higher than reported, and is being downplayed to avoid causing public outrage over the influx of immigrants. In Germany, more than 40 percent of TB cases are multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB).Dengue fever is up over 25 percent just from 2014.

Hugh Mann Wed, 11/29/2017 - 05:15 Permalink

When in doubt, follow the money. Who benefits from the spread of disease? Who has all these germs in storage? BIG PHARMA! It's not such a big mystery after all...