Hand, foot and mouth virus breakout at schools
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.