(HealthDay News) -- Scarlet fever, also known as scarlatina, is a bacterial infection caused by "group a" streptococcus. There is no vaccine, and the disease is typically treated with a round of antibiotics.
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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these suggestions to prevent scarlet fever:
- Wash your hands often, especially after coughing or sneezing and before preparing foods or eating.
- Wash glasses, utensils and plates after someone who is sick uses them.
- Stay home from work, school or daycare until you no longer have a fever and have taken antibiotics for at least 24 hours.
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