Monday, June 6, 2016

Scarlet fever, plague, and diphtheria? Yes, they are still alive and well.

Last week my son came down with something. I didn't think much of it until late Friday night when a new symptom popped up. After an early morning visit to the doctor on Saturday, she confirmed that he has scarlet fever. 

I was so surprised and spent the weekend reading up on this disease that is still around, but has fallen out of the spotlight. Turns out there are a whole host of diseases that we might think are long gone, but they are still active all over the world and not just in third world countries. Here's a recent article from CNN Health: From the plague to polio ... 10 diseases you (wrongly) thought were gone.

1 comment:

  1. It's not unusual for young clinicians to need photos of now uncommon diseases. I use examples such as chicken pox images when demonstrating library resources such as Visual DX.