Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (HFMD) Outbreaks in Oregon

There has been a notable increase in outbreaks of Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (HFMD) in Oregon in the last month. HFMD is an infection caused by a virus. Symptoms of hand, foot, and mouth disease usually include fever, mouth sores, and skin rash. The rash is commonly found on the hands and feet.

Hand, foot, and mouth disease is common in children under 5 years old, but anyone can get it. The illness is usually not serious, but it is very contagious. It spreads quickly at schools and day care centers. We are aware of recent HFMD cases in Malheur County, as well.

Steps that can be taken to prevent infection include:

  • washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water not available);
  • helping children wash their hands;
  • avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth;
  • avoiding close contact with sick people; and
  • cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched items.

Treatment of HFMD is symptom-based:

  • drink enough fluids to prevent dehydration; and
  • use of over-the-counter medication to relieve fever and pain from mouth sores. Never give aspirin to children.

Additional information on HFMD can be found at: www.cdc.gov/hand-foot-mouth/index.html

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