Scarlet Fever Epidemic, Hong Kong, 2011 - - Emerging Infectious Disease journal - CDC
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Volume 18, Number 9–October 2012
Scarlet Fever Epidemic, Hong Kong, 2011
Scarlet fever is caused by infection with Streptococcus pyogenes and mainly affects children. An upsurge of scarlet fever occurred in Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China, in 2011, exceeding baseline annual incidence rates for the previous 2 decades. We investigated possible changes in clinical severity, transmissibility, and characteristics of the causative pathogen for this outbreak.