Hand, Foot and Mouth Outbreaks

Hand, foot, and mouth disease is common in infants and young children. It usually causes fever, painful sores in the mouth, and a rash on the hands and feet. Most infected people recover in a week or two. 

There are many reports of the Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) outbreaks across

the country (NJ, FL, CA). HFMD is caused by the Coxsackie Virus which is a member of a family of viruses called (non-polio) enteroviruses. Surface disinfection and hand hygiene are paramount during these outbreaks. Hard surfaces should be treated with a disinfectant. School buses should also be part of a school’s cleaning and disinfection plan. For more information on the disease visit the CDC Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease web page.
The following Triple S brand products are effective against non-polio enteroviruses:

Reminders from the CDC to schools and day care providers:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers, and help young children do the same
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact such as kissing, hugging, and sharing cups and eating utensils with people who have HFMD
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, such as toys and doorknobs, and other high-touch surfaces, especially if someone is sick


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