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Scarlet fever is an acute illness which is caused by a systemic infection with the bacterium Streptococcus pyogenes. It is characterized by a reddish skin rash, sore throat, fever, and vomiting; it may also be accompanied by tonsilitis and a reddening of the tongue (called "strawberry tongue").

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