Hand, foot and mouth disease season, what to know as classes resume

"It occurs world wide, mostly in children, but typically during the summer months and early autumn."

Lynne Adkins
August 25, 2018 - 10:33 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- A virus that has struck in Major League Baseball, New York and communities in this area will be around for a while longer. 

Just in time for the new school year, it's the season for hand, foot and mouth disease says Dr. Katie Lockwood, attending physician at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

"Hand, foot, and mouth disease, which is also sometimes called coxsackievirus, encompasses a rash and often that rash is on the hand, the feet and the mouth and that's how it got it's name," she explains. "It occurs world wide, mostly in children, but typically during the summer months and early autumn."

Lockwood says there's no prevention and no treatment. The virus will run it's course in a week to ten days.

It is contagious and can be spread thru sneezing, coughing and poor hygiene.