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Can adults get hand, foot, and mouth disease?

Related Topics: Foot, Hand, Mouth

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Emory University
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Yes. Hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) is caused by viruses from a group called enteroviruses. HFMD is common in infants and children, but can also affect adults. Symptoms can include fever, sore throat, and blistering sores in the mouth that become ulcers. A rash may appear on the palms and soles of the hands and feet.

HFMD is spread through virus-contaminated secretions from the nose, throat, saliva, or blister fluid. A person can still transmit the virus to others for weeks after symptoms resolve.

Hand, foot, and mouth disease has nothing to do with foot-and-mouth disease, a disease that affects livestock. Foot-and-mouth (or hoof-and-mouth) is caused by a different virus, and people can’t catch the disease from animals.

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