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Red lesions on the inside of a child's mouth due to hand, foot and mouth disease (HFM), a common disease of young children caused by coxsackievirus infection. HFM tends to break out in small epidemics in nursery schools during the summer months. It produces a relatively mild illness, with symptoms of loss of appetite, blistering of the hands, feet & inside of the mouth & a mild fever. No treatment is given, other than mild pain-killing drugs for painful blisters. The illness is not related to foot-and-mouth disease of cattle.
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