NJ school has 59 strep throat cases

December 17, 2010 6:18:12 AM PST
Health officials are investigating an outbreak of strep throat and scarlet fever cases in a New Jersey school.

Fifty-nine cases of strep throat and 7 cases of scarlet fever have been reported at the Lester Wilson School in Alexandria Township. That's more than a quarter of the school's 240 students.

The Hunterdon County Health Department says the first cases began occurring in mid-October and have continued through this past week.

Common symptoms of strep throat may include cough, fever, tender or swollen glands in the neck, and white or yellowish patches in the throat. Scarlet fever is a form of streptococcal disease characterized by a skin rash.

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