What is strep A and what are the symptoms?

Doctors usually diagnose and treat strep A infections based on a person’s symptoms, rather than test results, but they may take a throat swab. In the UK, rapid turnaround swab tests are not used by the NHS. Prof Kamila Hawthorne, chair of the Royal College of GPs, told the BBC: “We are not advising using those at the moment. It’s very much a clinical diagnosis.”

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