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CHCC: Protect Against Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease

(CHCC) — In the past month, 29 cases of suspected Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease have been reported through the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation Emergency Department and Children’s Clinic.

Hand-Foot-Mouth-Disease or is a viral infection that can be spread through close personal contact, coughing or sneezing, contact with feces, or sharing of straws, cups, and other contaminated surfaces. It is usually a mild, common childhood disease with limited consequences.

The viral illness usually affects infants and children younger than age 5 years old. Nearly all of the cases at the CHCC except one (96 percent) were in children under the age of 5 years old. Sometimes adults can get the illness, but it is much less common.

Symptoms include a fever, reduced appetite, and sore throat. One or two days after the fever, painful sores can develop in the mouth (called herpangina). They are usually in the back of the mouth as small red spots that blister and become ulcers. A skin rash with red spots and at times blisters can occur on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. Not everyone will develop all the symptoms. Some people may show no symptoms but still pass on the virus. A person with HFMD is most contagious during the first week of the illness.

There is no vaccine for HFMD. A person can reduce their risk of being infected by washing their hands often with soap and water, and cleaning and disinfecting touched surfaces, including toys. Avoid close contact, including kissing, hugging, or sharing utensils and cups, with a person with HFMD.

For the painful mouth sores, you can use over-the-counter mouthwashes or sprays that numb mouth pain. Take over-the-counter Tylenol or Ibuprofen to relieve pain and fever. Please remember that Aspirin should not be given to children. If you have Hand-Foot-Mouth-Disease, you should stay home. Talk to your primary care doctor if you are unsure when you should return to work. The same applies to taking children back to school and/or daycare.

For more information on Hand-Foot-Mouth-Disease, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website: http://www.cdc.gov/hand-foot-mouth/index.html

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