Strep Throat Cases on the RiseTuesday, 5 February 2013
First the flu, now it appears cases of strep throat are on the rise.
The Centers for Disease Control says more cases of strep show up in February and March than any other months.
Doctors locally say it's true and they're seeing lots of patients these days.
The Centers for Disease Control say streptococcal pharyngitis or strep throat can be spread through close contact with an infected person.
The symptoms include a sore throat, severe pain when swallowing, a fever and even mild headaches.
You might also notice swollen tonsils that expose white patches.
Health experts say if you have a sore throat lasting more than a week, get to the doctor and don't let the symptoms persist.
Officials say the best way to prevent contracting strep throat is to wash your hands frequently and avoid sharing eating utensils.