As the weather warms, the chance of getting the common childhood illness, hand, foot, and mouth disease, increases. This podcast discusses transmission, symptoms and treatment options for hand, foot and mouth disease. Created: 4/5/2012 by MMWR.
Date Released: 4/5/2012. Series Name: A Minute of Health with CDC.
A MINUTE OF HEALTH WITH CDC
Hand, Foot, and Mouth Season
Severe Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease Associated with Coxsackievirus A6 —
Alabama, Connecticut, California, and Nevada, November 2-11–February 2012
Recorded: April 3, 2012; posted: April 5, 2012
This program is presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
As the weather warms, the chances of getting the common childhood illness, hand, foot, and mouth disease, increase. It typically occurs in the summer and fall, mostly among children under five. The disease is transmitted by coughing, sneezing, or encountering unsanitary conditions.
People often have no symptoms; however, when they do, fever, rash on the hands and feet, and sores in the mouth are common. If you have these symptoms and they're severe, contact your health care provider.
Good hygienic practices, such as frequent hand washing and keeping living areas clean, are the best ways to prevent hand, foot, and mouth disease.
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