St.maarten – There has been a noticeable increase in cases of Hand Foot and Mouth Disease, The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) says in a press release and urges parents and guardians, day care centers and play schools to be on alert for an increase in clusters of the disease amongst the school population. CPS advises to take extra measures to prevent outbreaks by washing of hands often with soap and water.
Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease is a common viral illness that usually affects infants and children who are 10-years of age or younger. It can sometimes occur in adults. There is no vaccine to protect against the viruses that cause it.
People with symptoms should consult their family physician and take n measures to mitigate an increase in the number of cases.
Symptoms include cold-like conditions, fever, mouth sores, loss of appetite, cough, and a skin rash; a non-itchy red rash that develops on the hand and the feet, and sometimes the rash can develop into painful blisters; painful mouth ulcers.
Source: Today SXM Hand Foot and Mouth disease cases increase