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Aug 29, 2013 3:01 PM by Janine Reyes

Coxsackievirus Spreading In Coastal Bend

CORPUS CHRISTI -- Parents, lookout! There a virus making the rounds in the Coastal Bend and its highly contagious.

The coxsackievirus is also known as the hand, foot, and mouth disease.

It's painful and it will put you out for a good week.

A daycare in Calallen just saw some cases of the coxsackievirus, they cleared it out quickly by alerting parents, keeping infected kids home and sanitizing everything.

Trust us, this is something you don't want to catch.

Mia Jenkins says it kept her home from school for an entire week. After she caught it, so did her brother, then her dad.

Almost everyone in Mia's family of four now knows what it's like to have the coxsackievirus, or hand, foot, and mouth disease.

The virus is mostly spread to children, and adults don't often show any symptoms.

But Mia's dad is not so lucky. He's still struggling with it now.

"He says that it hurts mostly on his hands and he really doesn't like it, it really bothers him," she said.

Even worse, there's no medication to make it go away, you can only treat the symptoms.

"I really just drank Tylenol but the doctor didn't give me any medicine for it," Mia said.

It kept her out of school for an entire week, but, the Jenkins family is not alone in battling the virus.

"Its been 7 days since our last confirmed case," Sabria Pounders, Director of Little Roo's said.

She actually put a sign up warning parents about the potential spread of the hand, foot, and mouth disease after they had two potential cases.

"We even had a few kiddos picked up and they were taken to the doctor and the diagnosis was not confirmed, it was not hand foot and mouth, they were clear and able to come back the same day," Pounders said.

The best thing you can do is sanitize everything. Pounders tells us she actually takes soft toys out of the classroom during what she calls hand, foot, and mouth disease season.

But, even with an abundance of caution, this virus can spread.

"Its spread through grocery carts, its spread through play equipment, it could even be carried by adults they can pass it on to their children," said Pounders.

If you do catch the virus, it will be contagious until the last blister dries up and your fever is gone.

The first symptoms are sometimes just a sore throat, so, it could be mistaken for strep throat until the blisters start showing up.

For more on signs and symptoms, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Website.

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