Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease
Hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) is an illness caused by a group of viruses called enteroviruses. This disease is most common in children under 5 years of age; but it can occur in adults.
How can I prevent HFMD?
There is no vaccine for HFMD; but you can lower your risk of infection by:
- Washing your hands with soap and water, especially after using the bathroom
- Careful disposal of diapers and any soiled articles
- Wear gloves when applying lotions or treatment to blisters/sores
- Clean and disinfect all shared toys and diaper changing areas. First wash with soap and water then disinfect with one solution of chlorine bleach made by mixing 1 tablespoon of beach with 4 cups of water
- Avoid close contact (kissing, hugging, sharing cups) with infected persons
Should you exclude sick children or staff from school or daycare?
Children who have a fever should stay home for 24 hours after the fever has gone away without fever reducing medicine. Children who do not feel well enough to participate in activities should also stay home. Adults who have a fever or who do not feel well enough to provide care should also remain at home.