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.