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Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease Cases Higher than Normal

August 07, 2018 - 8:29 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Local urgent care centers say they're seeing an uptick in hand, foot and mouth infections.

Hand, foot and mouth disease is a viral infection that occurs primarily in children under 5 but can also affect adults.

Dr. Paul Hansen is the medical director of St. Anthony's urgent care centers.

“We see outbreaks of Hand Foot and Mouth Disease pretty regularly, every spring summer to fall season. This year seems to be worse than normal, we’re seeing more cases and…the uptick in cases just keeps increasing,” he says.

Hansen says there's no treatment for this viral infection, which begins with a fever that goes into a sore throat, then a runny nose and finally sores and blisters in the mouth and a red dotted rash on the soles of the feet and palms of the hand. Good hand hygiene is the best protection and using disinfectant on surfaces touched by anyone with the illness.