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Hand, foot and mouth disease warning to parents

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Doctors are warning parents about a highly contagious virus that can spread quickly.

News4Jax checked in with Dr. Thornton from Jacksonville Pediatrics in Duval County this week. He said there has been an increase in hand foot and mouth disease- a common virus that's more active in the summer time.

Although it's not an outbreak, he does have a warning to parents.

“The biggest concern is that it's so contagious. It will spread from one child to another - and if the parents haven't had it as a child, they can catch it,” said Dr. Thornton.

Catching it is as easy as sneezing or coughing, even through dirty diapers. It typically starts as just cold symptoms like fever, sore throat and a runny nose.

Within a day or two, kids will break out in sores or blisters on their hands, feet, and inside their mouth.

Symptoms last about a week and there's not a whole lot that you can do to treat it once you catch it. However, it is important to remember to keep your kids away from everyone else if they have it. Make sure you're washing your hands as often as possible. Teach your kids to do the same and teach them to keep their hands away from their faces and their mouths.
Those simple things really pay off and keep them from catching it

Over In Clay County at the CareSpot in Middleburg there have  been no reports of hand, foot and mouth disease but instead, they're dealing with a 24-hour stomach bug and strep throat as kids are coming back from summer camp.

In St. Johns County at CareSpot in St. Augustine, strep throat and severe allergies have topped the list this week.

In Nassau County at the CareSpot in Yulee, upper respiratory infections and several cases of swimmer's ear are keeping their office busy.

Our local CareSpots also have a reminder to bring ID and insurance cards.
A nurse tells me she has seen too many people in their Southside office without them. You need a photo ID and your most up-to date insurance card.