After waiting one day, Mrs. Germanotta took Stefani's temperature. She had a fever of 103! Stefani was feeling very ill. She had an extreme sore throat with white spots on it.
Oh, no! You're burning up. We need to see a doctor.
Mrs. Germanotta quickly brought Stefani to the doctor's office. She hoped that the doctor would be able to help her daughter.
Okay Stefani, I am going to take a swab of your throat now.
Dr. Fields talked to Stefani's mother. Mrs. Germanotta told the doctor about the sick woman at the baseball game. Dr. Fields explained that Stefani probably caught the infection through the droplet contact from the woman's coughing. She ordered a test on the swab that she took earlier and explained that Stefani may have Strep Throat.
Your daughters test results should be ready soon. I put a rush on them.
Okay. Thank you Dr. Fields.
Oh my! I hope I get better soon.
The test results show that Stefani does have strep throat. She will need penicillin antibiotics for one week.
Dr. Fields told Mrs. Germanotta that Stefani's strep throat was caused by Group A streptococcus bacteria. The bacteria cells that caused the infection are circular and in chains. Antibiotics would stop the infection by killing the bacteria cells.
Dr. Fields told Stefani to rest for the week and take her medicine. She explained to Stefani that it is very important to wash her hands and stay away from others who are sick.