Hand, foot and mouth virus break­out at schools

Mansfield Courier - - OPINIONS/PEOPLE -

SOME chil­dren at lo­cal pri­mary schools have been un­well re­cently with sus­pected Hand, Foot and Mouth virus (HFMD).

HFMD oc­curs mainly in chil­dren younger than five years of age, con­sist­ing of fever and vesic­u­lar le­sions that be­gin as small red spots that blis­ter.

The rash arises on the buc­cal sur­faces of the cheeks, gums and sides of the tongue, on the palms, fin­gers and soles of the feet, oc­cur­ring over a one to two day pe­riod.

Symp­toms and le­sions usu­ally per­sist for seven to 10 days.

Gen­er­ally, it is most con­ta­gious dur­ing the first week, and it is wise to cover le­sions and prac­tice good hy­giene dur­ing the out­break.

If your child gets a rash (de­scribed above) please have it di­ag­nosed by a doc­tor, and please note the school ex­clu­sion on HFMD.

Man­field’s Dr Will Twycross said the ail­ment is a vari­ant of the com­mon cold, and is a pre­dictable an­nual event.

“In fact, nearly all of us have had the mal­ady to some de­gree, but it is the lit­tle ones that haven’t yet been ex­posed to the virus that will fall ill from HFMD, ” he said.

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