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China: Hand, foot and mouth virus kills 18 kids

Posted by Cathan Bricker

BEIJING (AP) - China is facing an outbreak of a sometimes deadly illness that's been generally striking infants and children.

Health officials say that hand, foot and mouth disease has sickened 41,000 people across China and killed 18 children so far this year.

The outbreak appears more widespread than in recent years, based on previously released data, with around twice the number of people infected than during the same period last year.

The disease typically strikes infants and children. While occasionally deadly, most cases are mild with children recovering quickly after suffering little more than a fever and rash.

Hand, foot and mouth disease is characterized by fever, mouth sores and a rash with blisters. It is not related to hoof and mouth disease, which infects cattle, sheep and pigs.

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