What are risk factors for scarlet fever?

Updated: Jun 21, 2019
  • Author: Bahman Sotoodian, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Although infections may occur year-round, the incidence of pharyngeal disease is highest in school-aged children during winter and spring and in a setting of crowding and close contact. Person-to-person spread by means of respiratory droplets is the most common mode of transmission. It can rarely be spread through contaminated food, as seen in an outbreak in China. [2]


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