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Strep Throat is going around. Is it in your area?

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With a few weeks into the new school year, kids in Central Florida have been generously sharing more than pencils lately. In fact, Centra Care physicians have reported a recent spike in patients diagnosed with Strep Throat.

In the video above, young Andrea shares her own experience with Strep Throat, while Medical Director, Dr. Hendrix responds with his take on dealing with the condition. The centers that saw the largest increase in Strep Throat cases included:

  • Azalea Park – up 300%
  • Colonial Town – up 200% & 150% (kids)
  • Conway – up 300% & 200% (kids)
  • Orange Lake – up 500% & 400% (kids)
  • Sanford & Waterford Lakes – up 200% (kids)

HOW DOES IT SPREAD?

Strep Throat is easily spread by person-to-person contact with nasal secretions or saliva. It takes 2 to 5 days after being exposed to the Strep-causing bacteria to experience symptoms. If left untreated, a person with Strep can remain contagious for up to three weeks – even if symptoms no longer remain. Children, between the ages of 5 and 15, are more likely to catch Strep Throat, although anyone can develop the condition.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

  • Fever that begins suddenly
  • Red throat, with white patches
  • Headache
  • General discomfort or ill feeling
  • Loss of appetite
  • Tender lymph nodes in neck
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Stomach ache
  • Nausea
  • Chills

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