Hand, Foot and Mouth common among kids

By Kelly McCarthy

July 8, 2014 Updated Jul 8, 2014 at 6:47 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A disease commonly spread over the summer months has made its way to families in the Greater Binghamton area. Health officials say parents should be on the lookout.

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease is most common among children less than five years old, and for them it could be very painful.

It starts with a fever and can quickly spread across the body as a rash or cold sores.

The disease is most contagious during the first week but symptoms can last for several weeks.

There is no vaccine to protect against the virus. The best way to prevent Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease is as simple as washing a child's hands often.

"Hand washing and making sure things they are playing with and touching are clean," said Marianne Yourdon of the Broome County Health Department. "And not sharing cups and utensils."

The Center for Disease Control reports while the Hand, Foot and Mouth disease is common in children and could even lead to more serious illness like dehydration.

It is possible for the disease to spread in public areas like pools and parks but the Health Department said it's most commonly spread at home and in daycare centers where children have the most contact.

Just as there is no clear prevention of the disease there is also no clear treatment.

Doctors recommend over the counter medications depending on the rash and fever symptoms.

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