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The usual peak season for Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

The incidence of the Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) is on the rise recently. HEMD is a common infection caused by a group of viruses. It typically begins with a fever or feeling generally unwell. This is followed a day or two later by flat discolored spots or bumps that may blister, on the hands, feet, and mouth, and occasionally buttocks and groin. https://www.cdc.gov/hand-foot-mouth/about/signs-symptoms.html

There is currently neither vaccine to protect against the virus nor specific treatments. However, you could lower your risk of being infected by maintaining good personal hygiene. https://www.cdc.gov/hand-foot-mouth/about/prevention-treatment.html

If secretions from blisters can be contained, no exclusion required. Please report any HFMD cases so we can evaluate whether the viruses are spreading. For treatment questions you may wish to consult with your health care provider or school nurse.

 

Ellen Zhang

NIS School Nurse

nurse@nanjing-school.com

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