There is nothing quite like being the loved one of a soldier serving their beloved country, and the pride you gain is often immeasurable. With any training or deployment brings change, and the imminent need to adjust to their new surroundings, but at what cost? Most parents or spouses worry about their soldier getting injured, or being deployed to dangerous region, but currently many soldiers are suffering from a recent outbreak of strep brewing in Georgia’s Fort Benning units.
The Army Times just advised that the Group A streptococcus has spread through the base resulting in six soldiers testing positive for the bacteria. Due to the outbreak, recruits and officers have been issued antibiotics to prevent any further contamination. Everyone in the affected area has been screened for the illness, and anyone requiring treatment has either begun such, or already returned to duty in good health. The outbreak hasn’t seemed to result in anyone having to be placed in a medical isolation, or affect those outside of the organization.
Strep tends to spread rather easily and some helpful tips worth sharing are:
- Practicing regular hand washing often throughout the day
- Wear facial masks if possible when sharing close living quarters with those that are sick
- Pay special attention when cleaning silverware and dishes
- Drink plenty of water and take a daily vitamin to help your body stay hydrated and healthy
- Keep any open sores or cuts clean as strep can enter the skin and cause havoc
Some symptoms to watch for:
- A swollen, painful, and/or often red throat
- Spots inside the mouth, on the tonsils
- Swollen tonsils
- Stomach ache
Generally speaking strep doesn’t cause other popular illness symptoms such as coughing, or a runny nose so if those are your main symptoms, you likely won’t test positive for strep.
If you do experience any of the aforementioned symptoms relative to strep, please see your medical professional at once to avoid exposing the illness to anyone and get started on an antibiotic treatment right away.