The deaths of two Curry County residents and the hospitalization of another are the result of a severe strain of strep throat.
In the span of one week three residents were admitted to the Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis.
Both an eight-month pregnant, 23 year old woman, and a 53 year old man died of the strep throat infection and another 58 year old man is receiving treatment at a Lubbock hospital.
Plains Regional Medical Center Physician Dr. Robert Timmons says he has never seen a cluster of the strep throat infection quite like this.
"The rapidity of this is the critical thing so that makes one more cautious when looking for things that may not be quite inline," says Timmons.
To help prevent contracting the illness avoid unnecessary contact with others especially those with the infection.
Timmons says,"Hand washing is so critical. I think sharing drinking utensils, I get all upset at the college athletes and even the pros that share. "
Pharmacist of the Roden-Smith Pharmacy David Lansford says, Also avoid contact with your hand to your eyes. I think that is one of the main ways dirty inoculation are created by the hand to the eyeball.
If you have a sore throat that keeps getting worse for more than four to five days seek medical attention.
"There is no home remedy and there is no remedy at the pharmacy. Only the doctor is the answer to the sore throat," says Lansford.
Strep throat can also be accompanied by a fever, weakness and a drop in blood pressure.
Dr. Timmons says he believes this strain of strep is new to the county.