The latest guidelines from the Infectious Diseases Society of America are a timely reminder of the over-use of antibiotics for treating sore throats, when the majority have a viral cause. Rapid antigen detection test (RADT) is the favoured method of diagnosis and the 8-expert author panel advise against testing children under 3 years of age in the USA setting because Group A Strep is rare in this epidemiological group. Antibiotics should be restricetd to RADT-positive or culture-confirmed cases and a long course of penicillin or amoxicillin to erradicate carriage is reccommended for those without penicillin allergy. You can read the full article here:
This resource was originally posted in Global Health Microbiology.