Strep throat cases spike in Hillsborough County, doctors say


THE FIRST DEGREE MURDER OF A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER. ABLES WAS ARRESTED EARLIER THIS MONTH FOR KILLING DEPUTY WILLIAM GENTRY. TONIGHT, AN URGENT HEALTH WARNING FOR PARENTS. CASES OF STEP THROAT ARE SURGING. Reporter: BRANDON IN TEMPLE TERRACE SEEING THE MOST CASES, THAT’S CERTAINLY KEEPING DOCTORS OFFICES LIKE THIS CENTER CARE PRETTY BUSY. EARLIER THIS YEAR, THE FLU WAS A BIG DEAL. NOW IT’S STREP THROAT. IT’S VERY CONTAGIOUS. IT’S NOT AS CONTAGIOUS AS THE FLU. BUT DROPLETS, COUGHING TENDS TO SPREAD IT PRETTY EASILY. Reporter: A FLORIDA HOSPITAL REPORTS A SIGNIFICANT SPIKE IN TWO COMMUNITIES. STREP THROAT CASES HAVE GONE UP 100% IN BRANDON, AND 400% IN TEMPLE TERRACE. WE’VE SEEN A FAIRLY LARGE INCREASE IN STREP JUST IN THE LAST MONTH. IT COMES IN WAVES. SO IT WILL GO THROUGH ONE SCHOOL, OR IT WILL GO THROUGH ONE FAMILY, OR YOU KNOW, ANY GROUP THAT ARE CLOSE TOGETHER A LOT. Reporter: PARENTS IN TEMPLE TERRACE PLAN TO PAY ATTENTION, AND WATCH FOR SIGNS IN THEIR KIDS. TRY TO MAKE SURE THEY’RE WASHING THEIR HANDS, AND THEY’RE COVERING THEIR MOUTH. OBVIOUSLY, THAT’S A CONCERN, BECAUSE THAT MEANS THAT THE SICKNESS IS SPREADING. Reporter: A STREP TEST IS QUICK AND EASY, WITH RESULTS IN JUST A FEW MINUTES. ANTIBIOTICS CAN ZAP THE BACTERIAL INFECTION, AND HAVE A PERSON FEELING A WHOLE LOT BETTER IN JUST DAYS. AND THE DOCTOR EXPECTS THE NUMBERS TO START TO GO DOWN,

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