Special Sub-Topic: Scarlet Fever
|True or False-The most common characteristic of scarlet fever is a pink-red rash.|
True & T. The widespread, pink-red rash is most obvious on the abdomen, sides of the chest, and in skinfolds.
|Scarlet fever is often a complication of what common ailment?|
Strep throat. Scarlet fever is transmitted from person-to-person via large respiratory droplets or direct contact with a patient or a carrier.
|What is the pathogen that causes scarlet fever?|
Streptococcus pyogenes. Scarlet fever is caused by erythrogenic toxin, produced by some strains of Streptococcus pyogenes.
|What is the incubation period for scarlet fever?|
1 to 3 days. Transmission can often be prevented by isolation until after 24 hours of antibiotic therapy.
|Is scarlet fever a bacterial or a viral infection?|
Bacterial. It is usually treated with penicillin.
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