Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease

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Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease is generally a mild illness caused by a type of virus known as enterovirus. The child develops a fever and rash with blisters, which appear especially in the mouth and on the hands and feet. It is spread by direct contact with the secretions of the infected person and by coughing and sneezing. Younger children are more susceptible to infection due to close contact. 

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease is not a notifiable disease but outbreaks are included in HPSC's infectious disease outbreak reports.