An Investigation of a Scarlet Fever Outbreakat a Nursery in Taichung City

Chiang TH

2001 Vol.17 NO.6

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The purpose of this investigation was to determine the scale of the infection, route of transmission, and the relevant risk factors of a scarlet fever outbreak which occurred in early March, 2000, at a nursery in Taichung City. A structured questionnaire was used to interview 199 children (interview rate 87.6%). The questionnaire contained questions concerning personal background, date of disease onset, clinical symptoms, medical treatment, means of transportation to school, recent travel and similar symptoms in family members or friends. The 23 cases with suspected symptoms and contacts underwent laboratory testing for group A β-hemolytic streptococci.