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Health Alert: Strep Throat
Posted 02-12-2013 09:35AM

Morgan Park Academy has seen a confirmed case of strep throat in the Middle School recently.

Strep throat is a bacterial infection that is diagnosed by a strep screen and/or throat culture. Early signs and symptoms of strep throat may include the following: fever, sore throat, pain upon swallowing, headache, abdominal pain, fatigue, rash, and enlarged lymph nodes in the neck. Strep throat is spread by person-to-person contact via drops of saliva or nasal secretions.

If you feel your child has strep throat, it is advisable to seek medical attention to receive a definitive diagnosis. Strep throat is treated with an antibiotic and a child is considered no longer contagious after being on the antibiotic for 24 hours. Children should not return to school unless they have been fever-free (without Tylenol or Motrin) for 24 hours.

If your child is diagnosed with strep throat, please notify the school and as always, feel free to contact Becky McGovern, our school nurse, with questions or concerns. She is available at (773) 881-6700 ext. 253 and rmcgovern@morganparkacademy.org.

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