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can a child with scarlet fever pass it on to infant?

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Dr. J. patrick Tokarz
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes: Scarlet fever is caused by a strep infection that can be contagious to anyone in contact.
Answered on Mar 31, 2012
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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Contageous/different: The child with true scarlet fever is infected with a strain of strep a that produces chemicals that cause the red rash.Infants in close contact (mucous or droplet secretions) have ~1/4 risk in acquiring the germ, less if contact is distant. Infants often have more a nasal carriage than throat.(to guide testing)after 24hrs on meds the infected kid is not likely to pass it to anyone.
Answered on Feb 27, 2012
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Dr. Allen Seely
Dr. Allen Seely commented
30 years experience General Practice
Agreed: Treat 'a STREP throat' quickly
Feb 21, 2012

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