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Hand, foot and mouth disease cases spike in the summer months, doctors war



A warning to families preparing to return to school – foot-and-mouth disease is on the increase in communities across the country.

Three high school football players in Ravenna, Ohio, have reported hand, foot and mouth disease, WEWS reports. Parents were notified on Monday and the school's football program has reportedly canceled the football training camp.

Doctors in Richmond, Virginia, also see an increase in cases, reported WWBT.

Dr. Melissa Aquilo with Patient First told WWBT that the disease is often spread where large groups of children gather – such as schools, playgrounds and day care.

Adults may develop flu-like symptoms, including sore throat and fever

Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is highly contagious and can cause painful red bumps all over the body, according to US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

While there is no cure, most people usually go away within three to ten days, according to the CDC.

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Once someone has contracted the painful virus, doctors can only treat symptoms, Aquilo told WWBT.

Doctors with the CDC claim that the best way to prevent hand-foot-and-mouth disease is to wash hands frequently and keep children away from home and away from others when they seem ill.

Aquilo said it is important to disinfect common areas and children's toys as well.

"They share their toys, their toys have their germs on them, they do not wash their hands as well as most adults," Aquilo said. "If they put a toy in their mouths and drop the toy and play with another child, we will see a small outbreak in day clinics in such a situation."

The CDC cautions that people can still have contagious days after they start feeling better, and recommends checking with the doctor how long it is necessary to stay away from others.


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