Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease Reported in Illinois
It's that time of year, where we trade in the Dayquil and tissues for a late summer cold for flu shots, hand sanitizer baths and possible quarantine from unwelcome diseases and illnesses that come with the cold of winter.
One of those diseases, hand, foot and mouth disease, has made it's way to Illinois. According to Fox 32 Chicago, the University of Illinois has already seen 60 cases since the beginning of the semester, and while it's only being reported on campus, one doctor says that it's more often seen in day care centers. That means any child attending day care is susceptible.
Here's what to look for if you're concerned that your child may have contracted hand, foot and mouth disease: painful sores in the mouth and on the hands and feet. It can easily be spread through coughing, sneezing and kissing. Health experts say handwashing is the best strategy to prevent it from spreading.