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Strep Throat Exposure

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Definition:

  • Close contact with someone who has a Strep throat infection.
  • Close contact means living in the same house with the infected person. It also includes close physical contact such as having a kissing relationship.

Exposure (Close Contact)

  • Household Close Contact. Lives with a person whose Strep test was positive. This can be a sibling, parent, or other household member.
  • Kissing relationship with someone (boyfriend, girlfriend) who has a positive Strep test.  
  • Close contact should be within 10 days of onset of symptoms in exposed child. Reason: Time from contact to Strep symptoms usually is 2 to 5 days.  

Other Types of Contact

  • Limited contact with Strep. Contact with someone outside the home with a positive Strep test. This type of contact occurs at school.
  • Sometimes, the contact is with someone who was treated for Strep without testing.
  • Children taking antibiotics for over 24 hours do not spread Strep to others.
  • Throat cultures and rapid Strep tests aren't urgent. Most can be done in your doctor's office.

Return to School:

  • If your child has no symptoms, he does not need to miss any school.
  • If your child has symptoms, he needs to get a Strep test. He should not go to school until this is done. He can go to school if the Strep test is negative.

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