Forest, VA - Now the kids are back together in school, some area doctors say they are diagnosing more strep throat cases.
Doctors say it's not out of the ordinary -- kids generally share their germs then bring them home to the rest of the family.
Strep can spread quickly in the classroom.
Dr. Thomas Eppes from Forest Family Physicians says that's because kids are less likely to wash their hands throughout the day.
"If you went in and did random strep tests on kids in school, you would see an awful lot of strep carriers that are not actively infected," he said.
So the biggest ounce of prevention you can practice in your family is hand washing.
If you see symptoms like fever, sore throat, headache or upset stomach, go to the doctor for a strep test.