Sore Throat, Earache, and Upper Respiratory Symptoms
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- URIs are among the leading causes of lost time from work or school.
- Distinguishing pts with primary viral URI from those with primary bacterial URI is difficult since the signs and symptoms are the same.
- URIs are often treated with antibiotics even though bacteria cause only 25% of cases. Inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics for URIs is a leading cause of antibiotic resistance in common community-acquired pathogens such as Streptococcus pneumoniae.