Some Facts About Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

You may have read/heard about the recent outbreak of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) at Florida State University. This is a viral infection that is most commonly seen in babies and toddlers, however, more than 15 FSU students have recently been diagnosed.  HFMD is usually not serious, with mild symptoms and resolves in 7 – 10 days.  The symptoms are fever, painful sores in the mouth, and a rash on the hands and feet. There is no vaccine to prevent the disease and no specific treatment.  Symptoms are treated with over-the-counter fever reducers and pain relievers.  Maintaining adequate fluid intake is important – and tricky because the mouth sores make it painful to eat or drink.  HFMD is contagious.  The viruses that cause HFMD can be found in the fluid in the blisters of the rash, nose and throat secretions and feces.  Infection can be reduced by practicing good hygiene, including frequent and thorough hand washing.  Avoid close contact with people who have HFMD.   Coughing or sneezing, kissing, and sharing cups and eating utensils can spread the infection.  Was it mentioned that good handwashing is important?! Fact sheet about HFMD: http://www.cdc.gov/hand-foot-mouth/

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