Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease 101

Hand, foot and mouth disease (HMFD) is a viral illness occurring most commonly in younger children- but don’t be fooled, anyone can get it. Although it’s most likely to strike in late summer and early fall months, it can happen any time of year.

Two primary viruses cause HFMD, Cocksackievirus A16 and Enterovirus 71. Both viruses are non-enveloped, linear viruses and of the genus Enterovirus (which includes poliovirus and echovirus) which means they are harder to kill. Husky 814 Q/T Tuberculocidal Spray Disinfectant is effective against this family of viruses.

The virus is spread from person-to-person contact with bodily fluids such as saliva and feces. HFMD is highly contagious and brings symptoms including mouth sores, fever and skin rash.  As there is no specific treatment for HMFD, disinfection is the first line of prevention.

Disinfecting commonly touched surfaces such as desks, toys and doorknobs along with proper/consistent handwashing can help reduce risk of infection. 

Husky 814 Q/T Tuberculocidal Spray Disinfectant is a valuable disinfectant to have on hand for any facility to stop the spread of HFMD.