Slight Outbreak of Hand, Foot, Mouth Disease Reported In Triad

11:26 PM, May 7, 2012   |    comments
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Piedmont Triad, NC -- Fever, sores and blisters in your mouth, on your hands and feet, these are painful symptoms of a disease that some pediatricians say is on a rise here in the Triad.

It's called hand, foot, and mouth Disease.

No one knows the extent of the virus because doctors don't have to report it to the Health Department or even the CDC.

But health experts say in rare cases, people may have to be hospitalized and the virus could be deadly.

Within hours of asking News 2 Facebookers if they've seen any sign of the disease, more than 40 people responded, some with pictures of family members recovering.

Josie Cothran, a Kernersville mom also told us her child's daycare had an outbreak last week.

"From what I understand there were not many children there on Friday and today," Josie said.

Her daughter Mara hasn't been feeling well since she picked her up from the center last Thursday.

"You could just tell she wasn't feeling good. We got home, 102-degree fever that night," Josie said. "She developed blisters all over her legs, her behind, and her back and her arms."

And as Mara's pediatrician found out, the blisters also made it to her esophagus.

On our visit to the Cothran home Monday, Mara occasionally pointed to her blisters and cried "ow-wee," gesturing to her mother that the rashes hurt.

"From a parent who's never seen it before, it's very scary," said Josie.

At the daycares it spreads from child to child; and at home from child to parent.

"My rash got a lot worse than my daughter's did," said Meredith Smith whose daughter just recovered from the virus. "I've kind of felt dizzy all day."

Meredith's forehead is covered in the rash. So is her forehead, her brow line, into her hairline, and ears.

The virus spreads through saliva and other bodily fluids and quickly.

Once contracted, doctors can't do much for a patient until it runs its course.

"It's devastating as a parent because what do you do?" Josie asked rhetorically, saying Mara's doctor gave her a medicinal mouthwash to numb the pain in her throat.

Parents tell us their daycares have notified them about the virus soon after outbreaks.

The CDC recommends no shaking hands, hugging and kissing for at least a week after the infection.

They also say you should wash your hands often and disinfect surfaces you've touched.
Hand, foot, and mouth Disease is often confused with foot-and-mouth disease (or hoof-and-mouth disease).
Foot-and-mouth Disease affects only cattle, sheep, and swine. Not humans.

Also, it's a completely different and unrelated virus.


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