What You Should Know About...
Strep throat is caused by group A Streptococcus bacteria. Strep throat is more common in children than in adults. Strep throat is easily spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes contaminated droplets into the air and another person inhales them. A person can also get infected from touching these secretions and then touching their mouth or nose.
Symptoms of strep throat infections may include severe sore throat, fever, headache, and swollen glands. If not treated, strep infections can lead to scarlet fever, rheumatic fever, skin, bloodstream, ear infections, and pneumonia. Scarlet fever is characterized by a bright red, rough textured rash that spreads all over the child's body. Rheumatic fever is a serious disease that can damage the heart valves.
If you suspect a case of strep throat in your child care facility: