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Battleford, Saskatchewan: Hand Foot + Mouth

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    Posted: June 16 2018 at 1:58am

Hand, foot, and mouth disease confirmed in area

June 15, 2018 - 10:00am

Cases of hand, foot, and mouth disease have been confirmed in the North Battleford area.

Parents of children attending local daycares and schools have confirmed local cases. Outbreaks of the disease usually happen during the summer and the fall, and are usually not severe.

Darren Erbach, pharmacist at Fisher’s Drug Store, told battlefordsNOW about the signs and symptoms of the disease.

“It’s common in younger children, usually a rash on hands and feet and sometimes sores in the mouth,” Erbach said. “Symptoms include a fever or a sore throat and just a general feeling of not being well. There can be blisters on the tongue ... Red rash which is sometimes itchy sometimes not, and they’re just sick and don’t want to eat and a little bit irritable.”

The disease is very contagious, Erbach said, which is why it’s so common for young children to get it. It is painful, but if the correct steps are followed it can be prevented.

“Wash hands, making sure you’re disinfecting areas,” Erbach said. “Good hygiene, and if they have it make sure they're isolated and not in daycare or where it can spread.”

Erbach advised residents to call their doctor if any symptoms come up.


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