What's Going Around?

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There have been a few local cases reported of Coxsackie virus which is also known as Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease. The virus usually affects children under the age of ten. And it is normally seen in warm weather.

Symptoms include fever, mild sore throat and a rash on the hands, feet and mouth, hence the name. Blisters on and inside the mouth become open sores which can make it uncomfortable to eat and drink fluids. Blisters on the hands and feet look like red, raised bumps.

The virus is extremely contagious and is spread through direct contact or through feces. Doctors emphasize good hand washing and washing toys. Symptoms can last up to six days, but the virus can continue to be spread through stool for up to six weeks.

The virus typically cures itself, but parents should call their family practitioner if they think their child may be infected.