Every parent of a school-aged child knows that infectious illnesses will sweep through classrooms around this time of year. Some illnesses are difficult to get a handle on. One such disease is hand-foot-and-mouth disease, and it affects around 200,000 Americans each year.
Experts from Georgia’s West Central Health District have warned that this year could be a record-breaking year and it has already caused outbreaks in school children and college students.
Hand-foot-and-mouth disease (HFMD) is a very common ailment because it is highly contagious. It spreads through contact with mucus or saliva – so you can get it from a kiss, sneeze or even a handshake.
Children in preschool and kindergarten are often quite grabby and can easily spread the illness. On college campuses, food and drinks are often shared which makes the students more likely to spread it around.