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Increasing Cases of Strep Throat
Darlene Daugherty
Thursday, December 13, 2018

 Date December 13, 2018

           

 

To Parents/Guardians:

           

Recently, our school and community have experienced an increase in cases of confirmed strep throat.  It is possible that your child may have been exposed to strep throat at school.  Please watch your child for the symptoms which usually appear 2-5 days after exposure.

 

Common Signs and Symptoms

§  Throat pain

§  Difficulty swallowing

§  Red and swollen tonsils, sometimes with white patches or streaks of pus

§  Tiny red spots on the soft or hard palate — the area at the back of the roof of the mouth

§  Swollen, tender lymph glands (nodes) in your neck

§  Fever

§  Headache

§  Rash

§  Stomachache and sometimes vomiting, especially in younger children

 

For accurate diagnosis, a throat culture needs to be taken.  Symptoms generally occur 2-3 days before a culture will show positive results.  Following a culture being taken, your child should remain at home until you know the results.  If medication is prescribed for strep throat, your child needs to be on the medication for 24 hours before returning to school.

 

Please call the school’s Health Office if you have any questions or concerns.

                                                                       

            Teresa Willerton, LPN

            Macks Creek R-V Schools

            Phone 573-363-5977 ext 219