Medical Q&As

Scarlet Fever

My friend, who I saw two weeks ago, has since been diagnosed with Scarlet Fever and he is now in quarantine. What chance, if any, do I have of getting it?

Scarlet Fever is an infection caused by a member of the streptococcus family of bacteria. It is less frequently seen today than in the past. It causes tonsillitis, sore tongue and a diffuse red rash, which mainly affects the trunk. The incubation period is very short and is usually of the order of 1 to 3 days. Since you have not had contact with your friend for the past two weeks you can consider yourself to be in the clear.