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Strep Throat Contact

The transmission of strep throat normally occurs through direct contact with infected substances (mucus, nasal discharge, saliva) or by touching shared items or surfaces that have come into contact with someone else's infected fluids.
Strep throat can affect anyone. However, these infections tend to occur more often in:
  • Children between the age of 5 and 15
  • Certain settings, such as schools, dormitories, households, and daycare centers
  • Certain times of the year (late fall, winter, and early spring).
If a person comes into contact with strep throat bacteria and does not seek treatment, he or she can pass the infection to others for up to four weeks, even if no symptoms are present. If they do receive antibiotics, after 24 hours, the person will no longer spread the bacteria to others.
(Click Is Strep Throat Contagious? for more information on how people can become infected with strep throat through contact with infectious fluids. This article also discusses who is at a higher risk of having strep throat and how long this infection lasts.)
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