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All About Strep Throat

Speciality Classification
Nurses and Midwives
Location
Online
Delivery
Online
Provider
Ausmed

Strep throat, otherwise known as group A strep, is a bacterial infection of the throat and tonsils, specifically the oropharynx. The bacteria that causes strep throat is called group A streptococcus(CDC 2018).

Strep throat can affect anyone, but is most common among school-aged children and teenagers between 5 and 15. Adults who are not exposed to children are unlikely to be infected, as are children younger than 3.

Strep A causes about one-third of sore throats in children, but only 1 in 10 sore throats in adults (CDC 2018).

How do you get Strep Throat?

Strep throat is generally transmitted via droplets or direct contact (VIC Health n.d.). Strep A bacteria will inhabit the nose and throat, and spread to others through coughing and sneezing. It is possible for someone to be infected without displaying symptoms or appearing unwell (CDC 2018).

You may catch strep throat by:

  • Breathing in respiratory droplets from coughs or sneezes;
  • Touching something with respiratory droplets on it;
  • Sharing drinks, plates etc. with someone who is sick; or
  • Touching impetigo - sores on the skin caused by strep A bacteria.
Delivery
Title
All About Strep Throat
Speciality Classification
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Infectious disease, Paediatric
Location
Provider Type
Education Provider
Start Date
09-Mar-2020
End Date
09-Mar-2023
CPD Points
4m of CPD
Price
Free
Price Details
Subscription Needed
Location
Online
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Free
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