Physicians report one case of hand, foot and mouth disease

POSTED: 07/5/13 11:41 AM

Physicians report one case of hand, foot and mouth disease

 

St. Maarten – Collective Prevention Services (CPS) that falls under the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor, says according to its disease surveillance system with family physicians, one case of hand, foot and mouth disease have been reported.

Hand, foot and mouth disease is a common viral illness that usually affects infants and children who are 10-years of age or younger.  It can sometimes occur in adults.  There is no vaccine to protect against the viruses that cause the disease.

Persons with symptoms should contact their family physician and continue to take preventive measures in order to avoid getting the disease.

Symptoms of hand, foot and mouth disease include cold-like conditions, fever, mouth sores, loss of appetite, cough, and a skin rash; a non-itchy red rash that develops on the hand and the feet, and sometimes the rash can develop into painful blisters; painful mouth ulcers.

Hand, foot, and mouth disease is spread from person to person through nose and throat secretions (such as saliva, sputum, or nasal mucus), blister fluid, or stool of infected persons.

If your child or you have any of these symptoms, according to the Minister of Public Health Cornelius de Weever’s ‘Get Checked’ campaign, visit your family physician.

To lower your risk of being infected with hand, foot and mouth disease, wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after changing diapers and using the toilet; disinfecting dirty surfaces and soiled items, including toys.  First wash the items with soap and water, and then disinfect them with a solution of chlorine bleach; and avoiding close contact such as kissing, hugging, or sharing eating utensils or cups with infected persons.

Hand, foot and mouth disease is not the same as foot and mouth disease, which affects cattle, sheep and pigs.  The two infections are unrelated, and you cannot catch hand, foot and mouth disease from animals.

For further information you can call 542-2078 or 542-3003.

 

 

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