PUBLIC health chiefs have issued a warning for people to be aware of the symptoms of scarlet fever after case numbers hit a 30 year high.
The condition - which is caused by baceria in the throat -can be treated with antibiotics, but there can be complications.
Symptoms include a rash, sore throat, headache and fever.
Dr Theresa Lamagni, Public Health England’s head of streptococcal infection surveillance, said the increase in scarlet fever had been seen across the country and issued a warning for the North West region.
Dr Lamagni said: “We are working closely with healthcare professionals to try and understand the reasons behind these increases and do our best to reduce the impact of this infection.
“Once children or adults are diagnosed with scarlet fever we strongly advise them to stay at home until at least 24 hours after the start of antibiotic treatment to avoid passing on the infection.”
Scarlet fever is mainly a childhood disease and is most common between the ages of two and eight.