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Awareness and Information File - Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease

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Hand, foot, and mouth disease is a common childhood illness.
In short, this is a non-serious illness with most children recovering fully in 7 to 10 days.
Basic facts are listed below:
· It is not the same disease as foot-and-mouth disease
· Usually causes fever, painful sores in the mouth, and a rash on the hands and feet
· Mostly affects infants and children younger than 5 years old, but people of any age can be infected
· Is a contagious disease
· Infection risk can be reduced by practicing good hygiene, such as washing hands often
· Avoid close contact such as kissing, hugging, or sharing eating utensils or cups with those infected with hand, foot, and mouth disease
· Has no specific treatment

Below are two links to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding this illness: (CDC Podcast)

For more information about Hand, foot, and mouth disease contact the 82d AMDS Public Health Flight at 676-3052 or call our Nurse Advice Line at 676-1847.