Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease (HFMD)


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HFMD is a viral infection caused by a group of enteroviruses, most commonly the Coxsackie virus. The incubation period of HFMD is 3 to 5 days (with a range from 2 days to 2 weeks). Both adults and children can be affected, but young children below 5 years old are more susceptible.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”10vh”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Signs and Symptoms

  • Fever.
  • Lethargy.
  • Poor appetite.
  • Sore throat.
  • Mouth ulcers on the inside of the mouth or sides of the tongue.
  • Rash (flat or raised spots) or small blisters on palms of hands, soles of feet, and/or buttocks.

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How does it spread?

HFMD spreads through direct contact with:

  • Nasal discharge.
  • Saliva.
  • Faeces and fluids from the rash of an infected person.

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Is there any treatment?

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If your child has HFMD, please take the following actions:

  • Inform school, nursery, kindergarten, so that they can monitor other children closely and prevent further spread of HFMD.
  • Keep your child away from public.
  • Check other family members whether they have any signs and symptoms of HFMD.
  • Proper disinfection of appliances or toys that are contaminated.
  • Avoid sharing food and utensils.

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4 CHECKS whether your child is fit for school:

  • Check for fever (to take temperature).
  • Check for blisters on hands and arms.
  • Check for mouth ulcers.
  • Check for blisters on soles of feet, legs and/or buttocks.

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For more info

Please refer to the following website:

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