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If you have children in grade school, you know firsthand that germs are everywhere. Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tracking a spike in strep throat cases nationwide.

In the past five years, the CDC estimates 14,000 to 25,000 cases of strep throat occurred each year. Doctors expect to see strep cases from December to April, but this year they are seeing more.

“We’ve just tried to do some preventative actions. I’ve got them on Emergen-C gummies for kids, and then my husband and I have been taking the packets that you mix in water,” she said.

Fugate knows younger kids cannot always outrun illnesses. Her thoughts are right on track with Dr. John Cecil.

“Kids are germ magnets, OK, so if there is strep around, you know and they’re always wiping their nose or hand to mouth that type of thing, you’re going to have a little more exposure,” the Baptist Health physician says.

Right now he is treating three to five patients for strep daily. Those patients are experiencing normal symptoms. Cecil said some of those symptoms include headache, sore throat, fever, and tender cervical glandes.

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