Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Scarlet Fever Transmission

Facts about scarlet fever transmission:

  • The rash of scarlet fever is not contagious.
  • The underlying cause is streptococcus, and strep throat is spread through contact with infected saliva.

Last Updated: Jul 14, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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