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Why your kid’s strep throat keeps coming back
La Jolla Institute for Immunology
Researchers from La Jolla Institute for Immunology found some clues as to why certain children experience recurring cases of group A strep tonsillitis, better known as strep throat. The researchers’ 2019 findings suggest that “recurrent tonsillitis is a multifactorial disease where immunological factors combined with an underlying genetic susceptibility allow group A strep to invade the throats of certain individuals time and again.” The study’s senior author, Shane Crotty, Ph.D., a professor in the Division of Vaccine Discovery, said, “We think that this is the first solid evidence that there is an important immunological component as well as a genetic one which together contribute to recurrent strep throat.”
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