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Can hand, foot and mouth disease be prevented?

As the viruses that cause hand, foot and mouth disease are spread through contact with the blister fluid, nasal discharge or fecal matter of the infected person, practicing good personal hygiene is the best way of preventing contamination. It is important that children stay at home from school, childcare and playgroup until all the fluid in the blisters has dried so as to avoid other children getting sick.

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Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 17 Oct 2018
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Category: Rubella


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