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Unusual case of suspected recurrent scarlet fever in a UK serviceman
  1. Rachel Phillips1,
  2. A J Martin-Bates2 and
  3. R Withnall3
  1. 1 RMO 3 Signals Regiment, DPHC Bulford, Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK
  2. 2 General Practice, MRS Dhekelia, Dhekelia, UK
  3. 3 Academic Department of Military General Practice and Primary Care, Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Birmingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to Maj A J Martin-Bates, General Practice MRS Dhekelia Dhekelia UK; Alexander.martin-bates966{at}


The UK prevalence of scarlet fever, a Group A streptococcal infection, is increasing. We present an unusual case of suspected recurrent scarlet fever in a member of the UK Armed Forces. Treatments, occupational implication and public health measures to mitigate the risk of disease spread.

  • scarlet fever
  • recurrent
  • group A streptococcus
  • streptococcus pyogenes

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  • Contributors AJMB: abstract, case history, examination, investigations, management, editing case report. RP: abstract, discussion, conclusion, editing case report. RW: editing of case report.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.