This disease affects little ones under 5 years old and it's incredible uncomfortable for them. It causes blisters inside the mouth, on hands and feet. It also causes fever, sore throat and loss of appetite among other symptoms.
This year the CDC has noticed an unusual spike in this viral illness and parents should know that it's contagious.
Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease can be spread by:
- Close contact, such as kissing, hugging or sharing cups and eating utensils
- Coughing and sneezing
- Contact with poop when changing a diaper, for instance
- Contact with blister fluid
- Touching objects or surfaces that have the virus on them
CDC officials said good hygiene and washing hands frequently can help prevent the spread of the disease. You can find more info here.