Daily Archives: December 3, 2012

Hand Foot and Mouth Disease

Hand Foot and Mouth Disease

There has been a confirmed case of hand foot and mouth disease at school.

 Symptoms include a slight fever, tiredness, loss of appetite, blisters in the mouth and on the hands and feet and a sore mouth for a few days before the blisters appear. Affected young children may refuse to eat or drink.

 Incubation period: 3-5 days

 Infectious period: As long as there is fluid in the blisters. Faeces can remain infected for several weeks.

 Control of spread: Exclude children form child care, school, pre-school until all blisters have dried.