Scarlet fever cases in the UK have been rising for around six months with a current total of 5,012 since September 2013. According to reports, the largest number of cases have been reported in the East Midlands.
Scarlet fever is a bacterial illness that causes a distinctive pink-red rash. Other symptoms include a high temperature, a flushed face and a red, swollen tongue. Find out more about the symtoms of Scarlet fever here.
See your GP as soon as possible if you suspect you or your child has scarlet fever.