Warning to parents as Victorian disease cases hit five-year high – the 6 signs you should know

PARENTS have been warned to keep an eye out for signs of Victorian disease – as cases hit a five-year high.

Diseases such as scarlet fever, tuberculosis, measles and mumps have all increased dramatically in one area.

Scarlet fever is caused by bacteria known as group A streptococci


Scarlet fever is caused by bacteria known as group A streptococciPhoto credit: Getty – Contributor

Data from the NHS shows cases of such conditions in Yorkshire and Humber are at their highest level since 2017.

It was found that some patients had these defects – even if they were not originally admitted for them.

Cases increased by 23 percent compared to 2020/21.

They had previously submerged during the coronavirus pandemic as people couldn’t mingle – and therefore other infections couldn’t spread as easily.

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Previously, these diseases had been increasing year after year.

Figures from LeedsLive show 22,659 cases of gout were diagnosed last year – an increase of 26 per cent.

The main signs of gout include swelling around the joints and peeling, itchy and scaly skin in the area.

Cases of vitamin D deficiency increased by 22 percent, with tuberculosis and cases of rickets also increasing.

But the area also recorded 55 cases of scarlet fever, a disease the UK Health Safety Authority (UKHSA) has urged Britons to be on the lookout for.

The UKHSA issued an alert after 3,488 cases of scarlet fever were reported in England between September 2021 and March 2022.

The number is compared to an average of 8,605 for the same period over the previous five years.

Scarlet fever is usually a mild but highly contagious disease, leading the UKHSA to urge parents to be on the lookout for symptoms.

That According to the NHS, the main signs of scarlet fever are:

  1. High temperature
  2. Sore throat
  3. Swollen cervical glands
  4. A rash
  5. White coating on the tongue
  6. Red cheeks

If signs of scarlet fever are suspected it is important to contact your GP or NHS 111.

Treating scarlet fever early with antibiotics is important as it helps reduce the risk of complications such as pneumonia and spreading the infection to others.

Dominic Mellon, deputy director of health protection at UKHSA South West, said: “It is not uncommon for scarlet fever cases to increase at this time of year and we continue to monitor infection rates.”

However, the data also showed that instances of other errors were widespread.

Medics detected 37 cases of Curvy and 12 cases of typhoid.

People with typhoid often show symptoms such as abdominal pain, headache, cough and loss of appetite.

A further 16 cases of mumps, five cases of whooping cough and two cases of measles were also identified.

Many of these diseases can be prevented by vaccination.

But during the pandemic, many kids missed theirs due to procrastination and lockdowns.

Babies receive their first vaccinations at eight weeks of age, with booster doses at 12 and 16 weeks.

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Sarah Y. Kim

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