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Hand, foot and mouth disease can infect adults

A warning tonight from medics: Hand, foot and mouth disease is not just a virus children can get.

One case of the virus has already been reported at a school in Grand Cayman. Today, the country’s acting medical officer says adults need to take care as well.

“It’s not common, but of course the disease can appear in teenagers and adults , the main difference is that in adults and teenagers, it is a high percentage of patients can go without any symptoms at all , while some kids under five you see more of the symptoms,” said Dr. Samuel Williams-Rodriquez , Acting Medical Officer.

The symptoms are low grade fever, runny nose, sore throat and blister like rashes in the mouth, hands and feet. With no treatment for the virus, the public health suggests treating the symptoms.

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Philipp Richter

Philipp Richter

Philipp Richter was born in Austria and moved to the Cayman Islands at the age of three. Throughout his life, he has always enjoyed documenting his surroundings with cameras. Studying television broadcasting and communications, he now can show the reality of life in Grand Cayman to the public.

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