Marlin Elementary School (File)
MARLIN (October 3, 2013)--Marlin ISD officials confirmed Thursday that a Marlin Elementary School student has been diagnosed with scarlet fever.
The school’s principal, West Brown told News 10 Thursday the diagnosis was confirmed late Wednesday for a 6-year-old first grade student.
The school was sending a letter home to parents on Thursday and has notified faculty and staff, Brown said.
Brown said custodial staff and faculty were asked to be especially vigilant about such things as disinfecting doorknobs, desks and other surfaces in an effort to curtail the spread of the bacteria that causes scarlet fever.
The infected child is being cared for at home and is undergoing a regimen of antibiotics, but did not require hospitalization, he said.
Scarlet fever, also called scarlatina, is a bacterial infection that is caused by A Streptococcus that is left untreated, according to information published by the U.S. Centers For Disease Control.
Left untreated, scarlet fever can cause rare and very serious conditions.
People of any age can get scarlet fever, but it is most common in children age 5 to 12.
The classic symptom of scarlet fever is a red rash that feels rough on the surface to the touch, like sandpaper.
It was common a century ago and was sometimes lethal before the development of antibiotics.