Wednesday, March 17, 2010

3 cases of Scarlet Fever in DC schools

Three students who attend Terrell Elementary School have come down with cases of Scarlet Fever.
The school district says it's not an outbreak, but they do have three confirmed cases of scarlet fever at one of the elementary schools. The problem is doctors say is very contagious, easily spread, and if left untreated it could cause more serious problems.

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Beers says it's not heard about a lot, but scarlet fever is actually pretty common. She says on any given week, she treats a couple of cases of scarlet fever. Usually it's in children younger than 5.

"It's contagious just like the common cold is contagious," Beers said.

But unlike the common cold, a lot of people don't know much about scarlet fever. So, when they hear about the disease, they think the worst.

"I think people sometimes worry about it. Way back before we had antibiotics or penicillin, it could be a serious disease if it went untreated but now it's easily treatable," said Beers.

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