Hand, foot and mouth disease reported in Delta

Published: Sep. 13, 2016 at 5:43 PM MDT
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Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) is a common mild childhood illness. The most common symptoms are fever, sore throat, and blisters in and around the mouth, and on the feet and hands.

Ken Nordstrom, with the Delta County Health Department said that at first it may feel like strep.

The virus is quickly passed from person to person just by touch, coughing, or sneezing.

"My friend’s grandchildren have it and they live up in Grand Junction and they baby sit them once a week,” said Susan Bodell.

Nordstrom said HFMD is not tracked by the Colorado Department of Health.

Grand Junction schools have not had a case reported yet this year.

Most people learn it’s spreading by word of mouth and social media. Our station first heard of the reported cases through postings on Facebook.

"I just hope it doesn’t become an epidemic or anything like that,” said said Daniel Lowe.

"We don’t know how prevalent it is except that we have had reports that there is some in the community,” said Nordstrom.

"So they tell me that one kid got it and then the other, it wasn’t a real discomfort but they had a little rash around their mouth,” said Bodell.

To stop the spread of the virus it is important to practice good hygiene.

"I trained my kid I taught him how to do elbows instead of handshakes,” said Seth Hosa, a Delta resident.

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