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Rise In Hand-Foot-And-Mouth Disease Reports Prompts Release By Health Officials

St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): In the past weeks health officials have become concerned over the rise in the number of reported cases of Hand-Foot-And-Moth Disease (HFMD).

The disease typically affects children under the age of 5 years; however adults and older children can be affected. The cause of the disease is attributed to the Coxsackie virus and the early symptoms include sore throat and fever that can later develop painful, blister-like lesions on the tongue, gums, and inside of the cheeks and blister can also develop on the palms of hands, soles of feet, knees, elbows, buttocks, or genital areas.

Ministry of Health officials are asking the general public to take the following precautions: