CELINA (7-7-21) – The Mercer County Health District (MCHD) reports an increased number of Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (HFMD) cases across the county.  At this time, the MCHD has been made aware of at least 14 suspected cases. HFMD is most common in the summer and fall.

HFMD is common in infants and children younger than five years old, but adults can get it. The illness is usually not serious, but it is very contagious and spreads quickly. Symptoms of HFMD typically include fever, mouth sores, and a skin rash commonly found on hands, mouth, and/or feet.  Most children have mild symptoms for seven to ten days.

The virus can spread to others through an infected person’s nose and throat secretions (such as saliva, drool, or nasal mucus), fluid from blisters or scabs, and feces. Individuals with HFMD are usually most contagious during the first week they are sick. However, people can sometimes spread the virus to others for days or weeks after symptoms are gone.

Most people with HFMD get better on their own in seven to ten days. There is no specific medical treatment for HFMD; however, you can take steps to relieve symptoms and prevent dehydration. Call your healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns.

The best ways people can stop the spread of HFMD are:

  • Washing your hands frequently
  • Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs
  • Avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Staying away from people who are sick
  • Staying home if you are sick

For more information, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/hand-foot-mouth/index.html