Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (Coxsackie virus)

Symptoms

Sores occur toward the front of the mouth, on the sides of the tongue, inside the cheeks, and on the gums and may last 7-10 days.  In most cases, sores can be found on the palms of the hands, the fingers, and the soles of the feet.  A low-grade fever may last 1-2 days.

Incubation Period

3-6 days

Mode of Transmission & Communicability

The virus is spread through contact with the nose and throat discharge and stool of infected persons.  Communicable 1-3 weeks after onset of illness.

School Action

1. Exclude until the temperature is normal for 24 hours and the child is well enough to participate in normal activities.