Below is a summary of this viral infection.  To protect the health of others, watch for early warning signs and symptoms. Hand, foot, and mouth disease, a type of coxsackie virus syndrome, causes painful red blisters in the throat and on the tongue, gums, inside of the cheeks, and the palms of hands and soles of the feet.

Some children with coxsackie virus infection have no symptoms. Some children suddenly develop fevers, headache, and muscle aches. Some also develop a mild sore throat, abdominal discomfort, or nausea. In most children, the fever lasts about 3 days, then disappears; in others, the fever is biphasic, meaning that it appears for 1 day, then disappears for 2 to 3 days, then returns for 2 to 4 days more.

Coxsackie viruses are very contagious. They’re usually passed from person to person on unwashed hands and contaminated surfaces.

Please remember that if your child has a fever you must keep him/her home.  This will help to prevent the spread of this and other contagious diseases.  

If at any time your child is diagnosed or you suspect your child has a contagious disease you must report it to the school office per Maricopa County Health Regulations.  It is important that we inform anyone who may have been exposed.

Children may not return to school while they are contagious.  Please consult your doctor regarding the treatment that is appropriate for your child.

If you have any questions please contact the school office at 602 243-6909 or dmsoffice@desertmarigold.org.

For more information: https://www.cdc.gov/hand-foot-mouth/about/index.html

The information contained above was obtained from www.kidshealth.org and is for information purposes only.  For diagnosis or medical concerns please consult your physician.