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Strep Throat

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You can get strep throat by direct contact with saliva or fluids from the nose from an infected person. Most people do not get group A strep infections from casual contact with others. A crowded environment like a dormitory, school, or nursing home, however, can make it easier for the bacteria to spread. There have also been reports of contaminated food, especially milk and milk products, causing infection.

Last Updated August 24, 2012

Last Reviewed August 24, 2012