Scarlet Fever Outbreak

The winter of 1903 was a particularly stressful one for families around the Twinsburg. A rash of scarlet fever cases spread across the region, forcing school administrators to close indefinitely. Children, more susceptible to the illness, were kept home to prevent the disease from infecting their classmates. Prior to the discovery of antibiotics in 1928, scarlet fever was a debilitating illness commonly affecting those age 5-15 with sore throats, high fevers, and a scarlet red rash.

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