School Children Contract Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

It has been reported that six school children have been infected with hand, foot and mouth disease. This is a conventional viral illness and, according to promotion director Charmaine Gauci, shouldn’t be a cause for alarm.

Gauci also mentioned that this disease isn’t by any means related to the atrocious foot and mouth disease that solely affected cattle.

This hand, foot and mouth disease is a viral infection and there have been no antibiotics indicated thus far, according to Gauci.

Once awareness spread of this disease that has infected six school children, health authorities have taken the proper measures to slow down and limit the spread of the infection. Alarmed parents have questioned whether or not there has been an outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease at the school where the 6 students were diagnosed with the infection.

According to Gauci, there is no need to be panicking at this moment because hand, foot and mouth disease is a common infection amongst young children. Health authorities had mentioned that they have given the proper knowledge to the infected children’s parents on what to do to prevent the disease from spreading.

The students who attended the same classes as those students that were confirmed to have the hand, foot and mouth disease were given information pamphlets for their parents. Those that were infected were informed not to attend school to prevent the spreading of the infection; common protocol for a common infection.

What does hand, foot and mouth disease cause? Fever, blister-like eruptions in the mouth, and skin rash. Usually, children ages 10 or younger are the most susceptible to the disease. Fortunately, the hand, foot and mouth disease is normally mild, and most patients recover from it in about a week or more without medical treatment.

 

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Rise of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease with Decrease in Fatalities

There have been more cases of hand, foot and mouth disease in Vietnam this year than the previous year; however, the fatality rate has dropped significantly.

One of the Health Ministry officials mentioned on Friday that the hand, foot and mouth disease had infected around 134,000 people, killing 43 of them this year. Oddly enough, most of the victims of this mysterious hand, foot and mouth disease have been children under the age of 5.

Compared to this year’s 5 fatalities, the hand, mouth and foot disease took the lives of 116 people in Vietnam in 2011, with 110,000 being infected altogether. The number of cases rose this year, but the fatalities decreased tremendously. The main reason as to why the hand, mouth and foot disease has dropped significantly is because of earlier detection and treatment. Fortunately, the rate of the infection has dropped down after its burst in September.

It seems as though the most vulnerable targets for the hand, foot and mouth disease are children under the age of 5, although there is no solid reasoning as to why this is so.  People that are infected with the disease exhibit a low fever, rashes, and sores on their hands, feet, and mouth. Most of those that are infected recover rather quickly, especially if medical attention is sought after immediately. If you suspect that you may be suffering from hand, foot and mouth disease seek medical attention as early as possible to get it checked and treated if necessary.

 

 

 

 

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A Variety of Viruses Going Around

There are quite a variety of viruses going around, such as the common cold, bronchitis, and  hand, foot and mouth disease. Dr. Michael Johnson, who works with the Hastings Family Practice, mentioned that there were even a couple of patients with bacterial pneumonia.

Croup is on the list of viruses going around at the moment; it’s a pesky virus that infects the voice box. The symptoms of croup include a hoarse voice, a strong cough, along with a peculiar noise when breathing. The illness of croup gets worse during the night.

Another one of the viruses going around is a mouth herpes virus, and children less than two years of age are the most susceptible to it. This painful virus will affect the tongue and gums; although, it is not a recurring virus.

Hand, foot and mouth disease is also in the batch that’s going around town. This disease is very common, and will go away on its own. There are sores that may develop, but there are prescriptions that may be acquired to ease the pain of the sores. Children ages 5 or below are affected by hand, foot and mouth disease the most.

One of the common symptoms of all of these viruses going around is a fever. What you can do to help fight the virus is to allow the body to have a low grade temperature.

If any of these viruses keeps you in bed for more than a few days, it is a good idea to consider seeing your doctor.

 

 

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Outbreak of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease at Lyon School

There have been 70 cases of hand, foot and mouth disease reported at Silver Springs Elementary School in the month of September.  Although the number of cases is high, the Lyon County School District Chief School Nurse Adrina Cohen mentioned that it has been a few weeks since another case has been discovered, and she believes the disease is dying out.

Overall there have been a number of self-reported cases of Coxsackie A6, the strain of hand, food and mouth disease, in the month of December in the U.S.

Hand, foot and mouth disease is known as a common viral infection that mostly affects children at age 5 or younger. The symptoms of this disease include, but are not limited to, rashes, sores and a fever.

It is recommended by Cohen that children that have hand, foot and mouth disease accompanied by a fever should visit the doctor. The infection isn’t highly contagious, and it’s not very likely that the disease will spread around to the family of the infected, but it’s still advisable to practice good hygiene.

There have been many concerns coming from parents, and Cohen had stated that a message was sent to all the parents with children attending Silver Springs Elementary School about preventing the disease from spreading.

The school also took initiative by asking custodians to sanitize frequently used areas around the school, like the lunch room tables and the restrooms.

 

 

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Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease Outbreak at University of Virginia

At the University of Virginia, students have their attention fixated on one thing: hand, foot and mouth disease. There was an impending e-mail sent out that warned that the disease may be spreading around the campus. Students have plenty of questions clawing at their backs about the mysterious disease, but they shouldn’t be alarmed.

The comforting news is that hand, foot and mouth disease is a common infection, and it spreads in a similar fashion to the common cold. Many of the symptoms of hand, foot and mouth disease is similar to those of the cold or flu: fever, sore throat and general discomfort. However, those symptoms may also be accompanied by sores and rashes on the hands, feet and even the back of the mouth.

What can you do if you get hand, foot and mouth disease? There is no known cure at the moment, but the disease clears up all on its own. Doctors are able to prescribe analgesics to ease the pain of the sores if they become a nuisance.

So far there have been 16 confirmed hand, foot and mouth disease cases in September and so far in October there have been 8 cases.

It seems as though the outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease is ending. “I personally haven’t seen a case in the last couple of weeks,” Dr. Meredith Hayden of Student Health said.

The best way to prevent yourself from getting hand, foot and mouth disease is simple: good hygiene. This means washing your hands with soap and water, avoiding close contact with others, and showering daily. It’s everyone’s responsibility to prevent the spread of hand, foot and mouth disease, so everyone should make an effort to practice good hygiene.

 

 

 

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Hand Foot and Mouth Disease

Hand Foot Mouth Disease

CoxSackie Virus

 

HFMD

Hand Foot and Mouth Disease Checkup

Hand foot and mouth disease is a common childhood ailment that causes sores to appear on the mouth, hands and feet.  In some cases, lesions can be seen on a child’s legs and butt.  The symptoms of hand foot and mouth disease can make it uncomfortable for the child to swallow any kind of food.  Parents should not be alarmed of hand foot and mouth disease since this will usually go away after about 7 days.

Who are affected?

Children are susceptible to hand foot and mouth disease during the summer and fall months.  Parents should note that hand foot and mouth disease is not the same as foot and mouth disease in animals.  These diseases may be almost similar in name but they are entirely different in the type of viruses.

How does it spread?

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Hand Foot and Mouth Disease in children

The virus that causes hand foot and mouth disease can spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes.  When a toddler has hand foot and mouth disease, other members of the family are at risk of getting the disease as well.  Parents may be infected when they come in contact with the infected fecal matter while changing a diaper.

Since hand foot and mouth disease is highly contagious, it can spread across the community in just a few days.  Even if the infected has no more blisters and sores in the mouth, the virus is still present in the stool. The virus can survive in fecal matter for many days and can still infect other people should they accidentally come in contact with it.

How long do symptoms last?

When a person becomes infected with the virus, it usually takes between 3 to 6 days before the symptoms of hand foot and mouth disease can be detected.  Symptoms usually appear and become noticeable at the end of the incubation period.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of hand foot and mouth disease vary depending on the one infected.  Children with hand foot and mouth disease experience fatigue, sore throat, blistering and fever.  In some cases, young children may diarrhea.  Children with diarrhea due to hand foot and mouth disease are at risk of dehydration.  Parents should monitor their children and make sure they receive enough fluids to avoid this.

What to do when there is infection?

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Although hand foot and mouth disease is not a life-threatening illness, it is important to keep children from infecting others to avoid spreading the virus.  Staying home to recover from the disease is the best way to keep other children safe from infection.  Keeping sick children comfortable can help them feel better.  Parents should avoid giving children spicy food and carbonated drinks since this is painful for children with mouth sores caused by hand foot and mouth disease.

To bring down the child’s fever, Ibuprofen or paracetamol may be given.  This will effectively make the child feel more comfortable and reduce the burning feeling of having a fever.   Parents should have the infected child wear light clothes.  Having too many layers of clothes can cause an increase in body temperature.  The child should be comfortable enough without feeling too cold.

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hand foot and mouth disease blister

The virus is weakening when the blisters begin to break and dry up.  The mouth sores will eventually heal itself in about a week.  If in case fever does not break after 3 days or if the infected child refuses to eat food or drink water, it is advisable to seek medical attention immediately.  A physician can examine the child to check for any complications caused by hand foot and mouth disease.  A prescription for stronger dose of medicine may be given to bring down fever and restore lost electrolytes due to dehydration.

How to prevent others from being infected?

A child with hand foot and mouth disease should be isolated from the rest of members of the household.  He or she should remain in a room where rest is encouraged.  Family members should wash their hands thoroughly especially before eating or drinking to avoid oral contact with the virus.  If there are other children in the house, the child with hand foot and mouth disease should not share toys with them to avoid the risk of infection.  When applying ointment or cream to relieve the infected child of blisters, parents should wear protective gloves.

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proper cleaning helps mitigate the spread of hand foot mouth disease

When cleaning the infected child’s room, soiled clothes and beddings should be separated from the rest of the household’s laundry to isolate any form of contamination.  It is important to wash them with anti-bacterial soap and letting them dry out in the sun to keep them free from disease-causing bacteria.  Hand foot and mouth disease can easily spread once the virus latches on to another human being.

If symptoms of hand foot and mouth disease begin to manifest in other members of the family, preventive measures must be taken to avoid an outbreak in the neighborhood.  Leaving the house is not an option since this will only increase the risk of infecting others.  If food is running low, friends and relatives can do the food shopping and leave the groceries outside the doorstep.  They will be glad to help out and it only takes a few phone calls.

Is there treatment for hand foot and mouth disease?

There is no known treatment for hand foot and mouth disease.  The infected can only wait it out until symptoms disappear.  Cleaning and disinfecting the entire house should be done once the symptoms of hand foot and mouth disease have completely healed.

Hand foot and mouth disease is something that every parent should be aware of since the illness commonly affects children.  One cannot be too careful with the number of diseases that can affect the immune system of children.  Knowing the symptoms and effective ways of relief can eliminate the stress of not knowing what to do in case a member of the family is infected with hand foot and mouth disease.  Good personal hygiene and grooming habits can reduce the risk of infection.

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