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How contagious is hand foot and mouth disease? Can an adult get it and how long is it contagious?

8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Francine Yep
Family Medicine
7 doctors agree

In brief: Easy to catch!

You bet! the virus is spread via nose and throat secretions, blister fluid and poop.
You're most contagious during the first week of symptoms although you can shed virus for several weeks later. You can return to daycare or school when your blisters are healed. Adults can sometimes get hfm disease but usually happens to kids under 10 years old.

In brief: Easy to catch!

You bet! the virus is spread via nose and throat secretions, blister fluid and poop.
You're most contagious during the first week of symptoms although you can shed virus for several weeks later. You can return to daycare or school when your blisters are healed. Adults can sometimes get hfm disease but usually happens to kids under 10 years old.
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