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Could you contract hand foot & mouth disease from dog faeces?

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Dr. Jeannine Weiss
Pediatric Dentistry 28 years experience
Dirt born pathogen: Not necessarily from the dog- worms come from dogs, but where the dog opts to relieve him/herself- it is possible to acquire it from the environment.
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
Pediatrics 50 years experience
See below: Hand-foot-mouth disease is caused by enterovirus infection which is spread by fecal-oral and respiratory routes. In short, feces and respiratory secretion of infected child are the sources of infection, not the dog feces are.

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What are the tests for hand foot mouth disease?

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Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Physical exam: Hand-foot-mouth disease is a very common viral illness, usually occurring in childhood. It is diagnosed by physical exam, not by laboratory studies. Here is a link to the centers for disease control article about the disease. http://www.cdc.gov/hand-foot-mouth/index.html.

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