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Hand, foot and mouth disease spreads easily in summer

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Nine-month-old Chase looks like a happy camper today, but last Wednesday his mom knew something was wrong. Nine-month-old Chase looks like a happy camper today, but last Wednesday his mom knew something was wrong.

Going to the pool this summer could make your child sick. The water in pools can sometimes help spread a highly contagious disease that's a problem especially for toddlers.

Nine-month-old Chase looks like a happy camper today, but last Wednesday his mom knew something was wrong.

"Didn't want to play with his toys, loss of appetite. He started getting a little rash on his arm. Later that night we took his temperature - 102.7," said Brooke Mailhiot, Chase's mom.

She says her doctor diagnosed him with coxsackie, commonly known as hand, foot and mouth disease. Mom thinks he picked up the virus in a baby pool.

"We see it in homes. We see it in day cares. We see it in parks and pools and classrooms. Most kids get it when they are very young," said Dr. Winonah Nelson, pediatrician.

Dr. Nelson says the hand, foot and mouth disease can spread through saliva and fecal matter. She says the virus can live on a plastic toy for hours and can easily be caught by another child who puts that toy in their mouth. To get rid of the germs, doctors recommend parents wipe toys down with a bleach solution. They say the virus is rarely life-threatening and normally lasts about a week. It can be treated with over the counter pain relievers.

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