There’s nothing romantic about the return of scarlet fever

Jocelyn Wright
Scarlet fever
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Scarlet fever conjures an image of the saintly character Beth March in the 19th-century novel Little Women, the third of four daughters and the one who succumbs to the disease.

But recent developments remind us it’s an infection not to be romanticised nor relegated to the past, with fears the once-common childhood killer might make a comeback.