Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

Algoma Public Health

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

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What is it?

  • An infection caused by the virus called coxsackie.
  • Virus is found in nose and throat discharges and stool of an infected person.

 What are the symptoms?

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Sore Throat
  • Loss of appetitie
  • Lack of energy
  • Small, painful blister-like sores found in mouth, on fingers, palms of hands and soles of feet
  • Occasionally found on buttocks
  • May last 7-10 days

 How quickly do symptoms develop?

  • Within 3-5 days after coming in contact with an infected person.

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 How is it spread?

  • By direct contact with nose and throat discharges fluid from blisters and stool of infected people.
  • By indirect contact with contaminated toys, objects or surfaces
  • From coughs and sneezes of an infected person

 How long is it contagious?

  • During the acute stage of illness and perhaps longer, since the virus stays in the stool for several weeks.
  • Child may return to school/daycare when the fever is gone and feeling well enough to participate. Those with open mouth sores or oozing blisters should not attend.

How is it treated?

  • No specific treatment.

 What can you do?

  • Wash hands – especially after using toilet, changing diapers and before eating.
  • Discard soiled tissues and diapers promptly.
  • Do not share facecloths, towels, eating utensils or drinking glasses.
  • Control sharing of toys and/or use washable or disposable toys


Date of Creation: June 1, 2015

Last Modified: Feb 25, 2015