A common children's virus that causes sores in the mouth and a rash on the hands and feet is making the rounds in Knox County. According to the Knox County Health Department, three school districts in the county have reported cases of hand, foot and mouth disease.
Lisa Dudgeon, RN, director of nursing at the health department, said a letter describing the disease has been sent home with students in the affected schools. “It usually starts with a fever, reduced appetite, sore throat and a general feeling of being unwell,” said Dudgeon. “One or two days after the fever starts, painful sores can develop in the mouth. They usually begin as small red spots, often in the back of the mouth, that blister and can become painful,” she said. (more)