Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD)
What is Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease(HFMD)?
Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) is primarily caused by different types of enteroviruses (EV). Although the patients of HFMD are mostly children, the disease can actually affect people of all ages. While the annual peak period of HFMD in Hong Kong is generally from May to July, a smaller peak may also occur from October to December. Among the various kinds of enteroviruses, enterovirus 71 (EV71) has a greater chance of causing serious complications such as viral meningitis, encephalitis, poliomyelitis-like paralysis, etc.