Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease
What is it?
Hand, foot and mouth disease is caused by a virus. It usually affects children under ten years but can occur in adults. It is not related to “foot and mouth disease” which is a disease occurring in animals.
How do I know if someone has it?
The illness usually starts suddenly with a sore throat, temperature (fever) and blisters, which develop in the inside of the mouth and throat. Blisters may also appear on the palms, fingers and soles.
Is it infectious?
Yes. The infection can be spread when a person has direct or close contact with discharges from the nose or throat of a person who is in the acute stages of the illness. Anyone who is pregnant should avoid direct contact with anyone who has Hand, Food and Mouth.
What is the incubation period?
The illness usually appears 3 to 5 days after close contact with an infected person.
What should I do if someone has the illness?
Arrange for them to see a doctor.