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How Long Is Hand Foot and Mouth Disease Contagious?

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A person is typically considered contagious from the moment they begin to experience symptoms until after their last blister lesions disappear. For more information, check out the New York State Department of Heath’s handy FAQ sheet: http://www.health.state.ny.us/diseases/communicable/hand_foot_mouth/fact_sheet.htm

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Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease is most contagious in its first week. You can learn more about the disease and its treatment at this site: http://www.cdc.gov/Features/handfootmouthdisease/.

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The Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease is contagious until all the blister-like rash disappears. It is highly contagious during the first week of the illness.

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The Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease is usually contagious in the first week. The person remains contagious until all of the blisters disappear.

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Hand, Foot, Mouth Disease is a highly contagious infectious disease. It is usually contagious during the first week before symptoms show and will be contagious until symptoms are gone.

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I have contracted Hand, Foot, Mouth disease from my two year old. I am 5 months pregnant and very nervous. I've been advised by my GP and OB that this won't affect my baby, but I am not sure. Can anyone provide further information on the matter?

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