"the scarlet fever, or some such half-fledged angel of judgment"
'Strawberry tongue' characteristic of scarlet fever
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Scarlet fever is an infectious disease that usually occurs in children aged four to eight years old. Its most prominent symptom is the bright red rash, starting from the face and neck before spreading to the rest of the body, from which it derives its name. This is accompanied by a sore throat, abdominal pains and fever. Before a vaccine was invented in 1924, scarlet fever claimed many young lives and was amongst the most virulent epidemic diseases the settlers brought with them to the New World.