Increase in Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease Cases in Bay County, Michigan
Bay County, Michigan – In recent weeks, the Bay County Health Department has reported an alarming increase in the number of hand, foot, and mouth disease cases. With over 20 confirmed cases this fall, health officials are urging the public to take preventive measures to stop the further spread of this highly contagious infection.
Hand, foot, and mouth disease is a viral infection that primarily affects infants and children but can sometimes also affect adults. It spreads through close contact, coughing, sneezing, and touching contaminated objects. Symptoms typically appear 3 to 7 days after exposure and initially include a fever, sore throat, reduced appetite, and a general feeling of illness.
As the infection progresses, individuals may develop painful sores in the mouth as well as red spots with blisters on their hands, feet, knees, elbows, or buttocks. It is important to note that symptoms can vary from person to person, and some adults may not experience any symptoms at all.
To help prevent the spread of hand, foot, and mouth disease, the Bay County Health Department recommends frequent handwashing, disinfecting surfaces regularly, avoiding close contact with infected individuals, and refraining from touching the face. Additionally, staying home when feeling ill is crucial to prevent further transmission.
Although there is no specific treatment for hand, foot, and mouth disease, most people recover within a week to 10 days. Infected individuals can take acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain relief from the sores. It is important to note that aspirin should not be given to children or teenagers without consulting a doctor.
As Bay County continues to battle this outbreak, it is crucial for the community to work together to stop the further spread of this highly contagious infection. By following preventive measures and being vigilant about personal hygiene, we can protect ourselves and our loved ones from this viral illness.
For more information about hand, foot, and mouth disease and preventive measures, please visit the Bay County Health Department website or contact them directly.
Stay safe and healthy, Bay County!