Steven Doerr, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician. Dr. Doerr received his undergraduate degree in Spanish from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He graduated with his Medical Degree from the University Of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado in 1998 and completed his residency training in Emergency Medicine from Denver Health Medical Center in Denver, Colorado in 2002, where he also served as Chief Resident.
Dr. Balentine received his undergraduate degree from McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. He attended medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine graduating in1983. He completed his internship at St. Joseph's Hospital in Philadelphia and his Emergency Medicine residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx, where he served as chief resident.
Scarlet fever (sometimes referred to as scarlatina) is an infectious disease
characterized by fever, sore throat (pharyngitis), and a characteristic rash.
Scarlet fever is caused by an infection with group A Streptococcus, the same
bacteria responsible for causing "strep throat" and various other skin
infections (for example, impetigo and erysipelas). Scarlet fever is
predominantly a childhood disease occurring in children 2-10 years of age,
though it can less commonly occur in older children and adults. The incidence
and mortality rates associated with this once feared disease have significantly
decreased due to the introduction and widespread use of antibiotics.
Because it is so contagious, scarlet fever historically has been responsible for devastating epidemics,
particularly in the 19th century. In 1923, the husband and wife team of George
and Gladys Dick identified the streptococcal bacterium responsible for causing
scarlet fever, and shortly thereafter they isolated the toxin responsible for
causing the characteristic rash of scarlet fever. This led to the development of
a test once used to determine an individual's immunity or susceptibility to
scarlet fever and to the development of a patented vaccine. The vaccine is no
longer used, as its use was eliminated by the advent of antibiotics.
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While vaccines have made some childhood illnesses rare, many others remain a fact of life. They range from common infections like croup to mysterious ailments like Kawasaki disease. In the following slides, you'll learn the facts about two dozen childhood illnesses. But be sure to consult your pediatrician for proper diagnosis and treatment.