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Hand, foot and mouth disease on the rise


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WICHITA, Kan. -- 3 year old Lannie Derringer is covered in little red blisters.

"Little bit of dots on her feet, then they progressed more," said her dad Chancey Derringer. "She had a little bit of a fever. She wasn't wanting to eat or anything."

Doctors say it's hand, foot and mouth disease.

"Some viruses like the summer," said Via Christi pediatrician Amy Seery. "The virus likes that they're at the pool hanging out, and that kids aren't washing their hands enough. "

Doctors in this area report dozens of cases.

Symptoms include blisters on the hands feet and mouth. Kids usually run fever and they simply don't feel well. They can pick up the infection on the playground or in daycare, from saliva or nasal mucus.

"It can be a whole week before you have symptoms," said Dr. Seery. "So you can have the virus and be spreading it around before you know you even have it."
To avoid this virus, make sure your children are washing their hands constantly and thoroughly and no sharing food or drink.

Also, doctors say once the fever breaks it's ok to take your kids out., but until then, keep them home.


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