Nearly 40% of children with sore throat carry strep infection

08/11/2010 | Medscape (free registration)

Researchers examined 29 studies on pediatric pharyngitis and found that about 37% of all children presenting with sore throat have group A streptococcal infection, while 24% of those below age 5 carry the infection. The finding "suggests that testing of school-aged children who present with sore throat is beneficial," the researchers said in Pediatrics.

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