GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- The Kent County Health Department is reporting an increase in incidences of hand, foot, and mouth disease.
The disease (HFMD) is especially rising in kids under the age of five. HFMD is a very contagious virus and usually strikes kids under the age of 10, but adults can catch it as well.
Symptoms include fever, sore throat, rash, sores on fingers, palms, and soles of the feet, and blister-like sores in the mouth. The fever lasts a day or two and then is followed by the sores and blisters. HFMD is spread by coughing, sneezing, or coming into contact with bodily fluid like saliva. The illness can last 7-10 days.
The Kent County Health Department says that there usually is an increase of HFMD in August, but has started earlier this year.
Treatment for HFMD includes non-aspirin pain relievers and fever reducers and rest and fluids.