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Doctors in Central Texas are seeing more cases of strep throat

November 4, 2019


AUSTIN-AREA DOCTORS ARE REPORTING AN DOCTORS ARE AUSTIN-AREA DOCTORS ARE REPORTING AN ALARMING TREND: A DRAMATIC BOOST IN THE NUMBER OF STREP THROAT CASES.BLAME IT ON THE START OF THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR.DOCTORS SAY, THIS ALL COMES AS FLU SEASON IS JUST ABOUT TO START.GIGI BARNETT IS LIVE WITH THE LATEST.GIGI, WHERE ARE DOCTORS ARE SEEING THE MOST CASES?HEALTH WORKERS AT BAYLOR, SCOTT AND WHITE — ESPECIALLY THOSE NEAR THE ROUND ROCK AREA — SAY THEY’RE TREATING AT LEAST 10 MORE PATIENTS EVERY WEEK.THE CULPRIT: THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR …DOCTORS SAY IT BRINGS GROUPS OF STUDENTS TOGETHER WHO PASS THE HIGHLY-CONTAGIOUS INFECTION.ABOUT 15 TO 30 PERCENT OF STUDENTS WILL GET THE BACTERIAL DISEASE AROUND THIS TIME.AND, WHAT’S WORST: DOCTORS BELIEVE THE NUMBER OF ADULT CASES IS UP TOO, BECUASE STUDENTS ARE BRINGING STREP HOME WITH THEM.DOCTORS FEAR THEIR CASE LOAD WILL ONLY INCREASE AS THIS OUTBREAK COMES JUST BEFORE THE START OF THE FLU SEASON — WHICH BEGINS NEXT MONTH SO, HERE’S A LOOK AT THE STREP SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS. IT STARTS OFF WITH THROAT PAIN…THAT LEADS FEVER AND SPOTS ON THE TONSILS. AND, DOCTORS SAY CLASSROOMS ARE THE PERFECT ENVIRONMENT TO SPARK THE SPREAD OF STREP. “WHEN KIDS ARE CLOSE TO EACH OTHER THERE IS A LOT OF COUGHING AND SNEEZING AND SOMETIMES THEY WILL COUGH ON THEIR HAND AND THEN TOUCH THE DOOR KNOB THOSE ARE THE WAYS COMMON VIRUSES AS WELL AS STREP THE BACTERIA CAN BE SPREAD”SO, HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF…DOCTORS SAY THE BEST BET IS STILL GOOD, OLE FASHION HAND WASHING.IF YOU SUSPECT SOMEONE IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD MAY HAVE STREP THROAT…GET TREATMENT RIGHT AWAY. DOCTORS SAY THAT WILL MOST LIKELY INCLUDE TAKING ANTIBIOTICS.

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