Strep throat is a bacterial infection that causes inflammation and pain in the throat. This common condition is caused by group A Streptococcus bacteria. Not all sore throats are caused by strep throat. A lab test is performed to make this determination.
Strep throat is spread through direct transfer of mouth and throat secretions to another susceptible person through kissing or sharing beverage containers.
Strep throat can be prevented by washing hands frequently and avoiding sharing eating utensils, like forks or cups. There is no vaccine to prevent strep throat.
Students diagnosed with strep throat are treated with appropriate antibiotics and followed by the Student Health Center with a follow-up visit or telephone contact. Symptoms usually improve in 48-72 hours after treatment is initiated.