Scarlet fever is a notifiable disease in England and Wales. This means health professionals must inform local health protection teams of suspected cases.
Diagnosis and management
In many cases, doctors can diagnose scarlet fever from the symptoms alone. If you need confirmation, send a throat swab for bacterial culture to the local microbiology laboratory. In certain cases, serology may also be of value.
Reports from active surveillance of scarlet fever notifications during successive seasons.
Historical reports from earlier seasons can be reached via the links at the bottom of each season’s set of reports.
See also: Group A Streptococcal Infections: Guidance and Data.