Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD)

A unique strain of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD), called coxsackie virus 6 (CAV6), is currently circulating in California. HFMD is a common viral illness that usually affects infants and children younger than 5 years old. HFMD may be caused by one of several related viruses. Outbreaks of HFMD are common in summer and early autumn.

Symptoms Include:
Disease Transmitted:
Caring for someone with HFMD:
Recommendations to prevent the spread of HFMD:

Several Asian countries are currently experiencing epidemics of severe HFMD caused by enterovirus-71 (EV-71). This is not the same strain that is currently circulating in California.

Resources:

Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease Fact Sheet

California Department of Public Health (CDPH)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)