NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — A Vanderbilt doctor says there have been an increased number of hand, foot and mouth disease cases recently.
Joseph Gigante, MD, professor of pediatrics at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, said the cases have surged in the past few weeks. This, just as kids are getting ready to head back to school in the midstate.
Gigante says it hasn't been uncommon to see several cases per day. The disease is characterized by sores in the mouth and a rash on the hands and feet.
There is no cure. It is a virus that has to work its way out of the body- usually within 10 days. Doctors can only treat the symptoms and provide tips for attempting to prevent the disease.
Tips for preventative measures: