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how long is hand, foot and mouth disease contagious to other people?

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Dr. Jeffrey Miller
51 years experience Rheumatology
Until treatment: Tretment for a few days is enough but this disease is not severely contagious.
Answered on Sep 22, 2017
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Depends on variables: Oral secretions will be contagious for a week to 10 days while the virus can still be present in the stool for 6 weeks. Normal hygienic practices will prevent spread among susceptible adults. Treatment is supportive & does not affect the duration of infectiousness.
Answered on Sep 16, 2017

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