Experts: Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease on rise in W. Mich.

Updated: Thursday, July 24, 2014
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Area health care providers say an illness is on the rise in West Michigan.

It's called Hand, Foot and Mouth disease.

The Kent County Health Department says it's showing up mostly in patients 5 years of age or younger.

It's caused by an extremely contagious virus.

Symptoms include fever, sore throat, rash, and sores on hands, soles of feet, and inside the mouth.

The illness could last up to 10 days.

To prevent it, wash hands often, especially after changing diapers and using the bathroom.

For more information on the disease, click here.

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