HAMILTON, Ohio -- One case of Scarlet fever was confirmed at Fairwood Elementary School, according to Joni Copas, Director of Communications for Hamilton City School District.
9 On Your Side's Carol Williams spoke with Copas who described the symptoms as "sore throat with a rash." No notes were sent home, because according to Copas, it's not a disease that is necessary to report.
Scarlet fever is a disease caused by bacteria called "group A strep," the same bacteria that causes strep throat. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the illness is caught from contact with the sick person. The germ is carried in the mouth and nasal fluids. The disease can spread by a sneeze or cough, or if you touch your eyes, nose or mouth after touching something that these fluids have touched.
Scarlet fever begins with a rash that appears as tiny, red bumps. This can then spread all over the body. A flush face but pale lips, red and sore throat, swollen glands in the neck, a whiteish coating on the tongue and a fever are all symptoms of Scarlet fever. The rash will typically last two to seven days.
If you think your child has Scarlet fever, take your child to the doctor immediately. An antibiotic will be prescribed. The CDC advises the child to remain out of school or day care for at least 24 hours after beginning the antibiotic treatment.
Do not share linens, eating utensils, towels or other personal items with someone who has Scarlet fever.