Hand-foot-and-mouth disease

An infectious disease, mainly affecting young children, that is caused by the coxsackievirus. Hand-foot-and-mouth disease may occur in small epidemics, usually in the summer. The illness is usually mild and lasts for only a few days. Symptoms include blistering of the palms, soles of the feet, and inside of the mouth, and a slight fever. There is no treatment other than mild analgesic drugs. The illness is not related to foot-and-mouth disease, which occurs in cattle.


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