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By Jennifer Kenny
1 Have you ever had a sore throat? Most children have. Do you remember if it was strep throat or a viral sore throat? Do you know the difference?
2 Strep throat is caused by tiny egg-shaped bacteria. These bacteria are a type called group A beta-hemolytic streptococci. Therefore, strep throat has some longer medical names as well - acute streptococcal pharyngitis, acute streptococcal tonsillitis, or even septic sore throat. These particular bacteria cause around fifteen to twenty percent of all sore throats.
3 How do the bacteria spread? After all, it is important to know because strep throat is an infectious disease. Basically, moisture sprayed from the nose and mouth while sneezing or coughing spread it from person-to-person. If the bacteria are spread to the hands, even shaking hands can pass it from one person to another. That's why it is very important to wash your hands! Strep throat especially spreads when school is in session. Think about it. Large groups of kids in a close space makes germs easier to spread around! While anyone can get strep throat, it is most common in children of ages five to twelve.
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