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Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) is an infectious illness caused by a group of viruses known as enteroviruses.
HFMD can affect people of all ages but is especially common in children below 5 years old.
Some of the most common signs of HFMD include:
Children with HFMD may have symptoms that last for 7 – 10 days.
Bring your child to a doctor if they display any of the following symptoms:
HFMD is caused by a group of viruses known as enteroviruses. It is a contagious disease that can spread through an infected person's:
Children may get HFMD if they touch a contaminated toy, share utensils with an infected person or come in contact with droplets from an infected person who coughs or sneezes.
As there are many strains of the virus that can cause HFMD, it is possible to get HFMD on multiple occasions.
In most cases, HFMD is mild and self-limiting. However, the EV71 strain of the virus may cause complications to the nervous system, heart, and lungs on rare occasions.
HFMD is very contagious and spreads through contact with infected droplets. If you know of anyone who has HFMD, try to avoid close contact with them.
You can lower your child's risk of infection by:
Note: To avoid spreading the virus, please keep your child at home if they exhibit symptoms such as blisters, rashes, fever or sore throat.
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