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Alert Over Hand, Foot And Mouth Disease In India States

Two Indian states have issued a health warning over reported cases of hand, foot and mouth (HFMD) disease in a neighbouring state.

Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have asked officials to be cautious after Kerala state reported 80 cases.

The affected children, all under the age of five, have recovered after treatment.

The infection causes a rash and painful blisters, but in some cases results in brain infections which can be fatal.

Patients can also suffer from high fever, joint pain, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.

Experts told the BBC that there was no need to panic about the virus but that authorities needed to stay alert.

Dr Jacob John, a prominent virologist, said that HFMD is caused by two different viruses – Coxsackievirus-A16 and Enterovirus-71. The first one is milder and takes longer to spread.

It’s not clear yet which of the viruses is responsible for the cases in Kerala.


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