Cases of Scarlet fever have been reported at two nurseries in Qatar, and medical practitioners have confirmed receiving complaints, the Peninsula newspaper reports:
Dr Khalid Shaboon, Head of Paediatrics at Doha Clinic said there has been a perceptible rise in the number of scarlet fever cases in Doha. “Yes we are seeing more cases, possibly due to an early onset of summer with high temperatures,” he said adding that it is a bacterial infection mainly occurring among children and usually responds well to antibiotic therapy. Scarlet fever is known to be highly contagious and is transmitted through droplets of mucus and saliva.
The disease comes from the same strain of bacteria as strep throat, and is easily treatable. However, if left untreated, infection can spread and in extreme cases, lead to death.