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Release Date: 3/6/2014

Urgent Care Centers treating an increase in strep throat cases

If you’ve noticed more people are complaining about sore throats, you’re not alone. Physicians at St. Anthony’s Urgent Care Centers are reporting an increase in the number of strep throat cases.

“We’ve noticed a surge in strep throat over the last couple weeks,” said Evelyn Young, M.D., Medical Director of St. Anthony’s Urgent Care Centers.

Strep throat is a bacterial infection of the throat and tonsils. Patients most commonly will notice a sudden, severe sore throat, pain when swallowing, a fever of more than 101 degrees Fahrenheit and/or swollen tonsils and lymph nodes. Doctors usually treat strep throat with antibiotics, both to relieve the symptoms and shorten the time patients are contagious (able to spread the bacteria).

“Like most bacteria or viruses, we can stop or slow the spread of strep throat through good hygiene,” Dr. Young said. “So make sure you cover your mouth when you cough, preferably using the bend of your arm, and make sure to wash your hands frequently.”

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