outbreak of hand-foot-and-mouth disease has been reported in
various parts of the United States.
disease is usually a viral infection in young children.
Initially, they have fevers followed by sores on their hands,
feet and mouths, which can sometimes be painful," says
Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist Dr. Pritish Tosh.
says hand-foot-and-mouth is commonly caused by a
coxsackievirus. While most of those who become ill are
children, young adults and older people are also affected.
"Most people who become infected get better," he
says. "Very rarely does it require hospitalization."
mild infection is self-limiting, meaning there are no
medications to treat this infection. Tosh says, "We do
not have medicines for this so good supportive care is
essential, including ensuring patients have plenty of
fluids." Dehydration is a common complication of the
illness. It can cause sores in the mouth and throat, making
swallowing painful and difficult.
virus that usually causes hand-foot-and-mouth disease is often
spread through saliva or contact with stool. A daycare setting
or in a setting where there are children is a great breeding
ground for an outbreak of hand-foot-and-mouth disease,"
good hygiene is important to reducing the risk of contracting