Florida Hospital doctors see increase in strep throat cases for Hillsborough Co.

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Doctors with Florida Hospital Centra Care says it has seen a recent increase of strep throat cases, specifically in Hillsborough County.

According to the doctors, they said cases are up 100 percent in Brandon and 400 percent in Temple Terrace. The cause of the uptick is unclear, but strep throat is spread mainly through person-to-person contact.

The hospital says the bacteria that causes it can survive on surfaces, making it contagious, especially for children between the ages of 5 and 15. It can take up to five days for symptoms to appear, which are the following:

- Sore throat
- Sudden fever
- Red throat with white patches
- Headache
- General discomfort
- Loss of appetite
- Tender lymph nodes in neck
- Difficulty swallowing
- Stomach ache
- Nausea
- Chills

Strep throat can be treated with antibiotics. Doctors say the best prevention is to wash your hands often. Florida Hospital says they offer a rapid strep test to confirm within minutes if you have strep throat. For additional information, click over to the Centra Care website