Hand, foot and mouth disease is most commonly contracted by children, especially those under 5 years of age. This virus causes painful blisters in the mouth and throat as well as on the hands, feet and diaper area. Fever and sore throat are typically the first signs of this disease. Fortunately, hand, foot and mouth disease is a minor condition, but parents are encouraged to contact their family physician if their child experiences these symptoms and/or refuses to eat or drink.
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