In­fec­tious dis­ease spread­ing

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PAR­ENTS are be­ing en­cour­aged to keep an eye out for hand, foot and mouth dis­ease in chil­dren, which has again popped up in the Fin­ley district.

Hand, foot and mouth dis­ease is gen­er­ally a mild illness which mainly oc­curs in chil­dren un­der 10 years of age, but can also oc­cur in older chil­dren and adults.

Mur­rumbidgee Lo­cal Health Net­work Pub­lic Health di­rec­tor Tracey Oak­man said the dis­ease comes about ev­ery year, and is quite in­fec­tious.

Symp­toms in­clude blis­ters that start as small red dots and later be­come ul­cers on the cheeks, gums, and on the sides of the tongue, as well as on the hands and feet.

In in­fants, some­times blis­ters can be seen in the nappy area. Blis­ters usu­ally last for seven to 10 days.

Chil­dren can some­times have a low fever, sore throat, tired­ness, feel off-colour and may be off their food for a day or two.

Hand, foot and mouth dis- ease is usu­ally spread by per­son-to-per­son con­tact.

Ms Oak­man said there is no treat­ment for hand, foot and mouth dis­ease, be­sides parac­eta­mol for pain re­lief.

She said good hy­giene is the only pre­ven­tion.

Chil­dren with hand, foot and mouth dis­ease should be ex­cluded from school or child­care fa­cil­i­ties un­til their blis­ters have dried.

To help pre­vent the spread of the illness, par­ents should re­port cases to their child­care cen­tre di­rec­tor or school prin­ci­pal.

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