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

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Allen Seely
Agreed: Treat 'a STREP throat' quickly
Dr. J. patrick Tokarz
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Scarlet fever is caused by a strep infection that can be contagious to anyone in contact.

In brief: Yes

Scarlet fever is caused by a strep infection that can be contagious to anyone in contact.
Dr. J. patrick Tokarz
Dr. J. patrick Tokarz
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