Anyone can get HFMD, but it mostly occurs in infants and young children. The virus is spread from person-to-person by direct contact with body fluids from infected persons. Body fluids that can spread the virus are nose and throat fluids, fluid from blisters, and stool of infected persons. People are contagious during the 7 days after symptoms start. The period between infection and the start of symptoms is 3 to 7 days. Infected persons who do not look ill can also spread the virus to others. HFMD should not be confused with a different disease that affects cattle, sheep, and pigs called “foot and mouth disease”
Hand, foot, and mouth disease is common in children under 5 years old, but anyone can get it.
The illness is usually not serious, but it is very contagious. It can spread quickly at schools and day care centers.
Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease is not a reportable disease in Oklahoma.