Did You Know? There is no vaccine to protect against HFMD
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there have been more than 280 thousand cases of Hand Foot Mouth Disease (HFMD) reported in Singapore and Japan this year alone. HFMD is highly contagious, larger outbreaks are uncommon in the United States. This guide is intended to help educate patients on what Hand Foot Mouth Disease is, what the signs and symptoms are and prevention recommendations.
01 | What is Hand Foot Mouth Disease?
HFMD is an extremely contagious virus, formally known as coxsackievirus. The illness begins in the digestive track; infants and children, up to the age of five, are mostly at risk of contracting the illness. HFMD is spread from one person to the other through fecal matter contaminated surfaces, direct contact with feces, mucus or fluid from formed sores located on the hands and feet. Due to vast number of infections originating in daycares and preschools, the infection spreads quickly. HFMD can also continue to spread weeks following an outbreak through a child’s stool.
02 | Signs and Symptoms
Generally, within three to six days symptoms appear or there may be no signs of the contracted virus. Here is a list of general symptoms, which are:
Severe symptoms include:
03| Prevention Recommendations
The following recommendations are methods that can lower the risk of contracting the disease including:
Implementing these simple options can help avoid spreading HMFD. For additional resources and information on Hand Foot Mouth Disease (HFMD) visit: http://www.cdc.gov/hand-foot-mouth/