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What do you recommend if I have a 10-month old younger brother and he has hand, foot and mouth disease, will/can i catch it from him?

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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Depends : The hfm viral illness is caused by viruses that is present in oral secretions while febrile and will be excreted in the stool for wks after primary infection. Most older kids and adults are immune.The texas dept of health standard does not exclude these kids from daycare after the fever is gone. Standard hygienic practices during diaper changes will contain the spread from that source.
Answered on Mar 3, 2014

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