Wichita experiencing outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease

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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Wichita doctors say they are seeing an outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease in the area.

We talked to a pediatrician at Via Christi today who says it is a mild to moderate outbreak that is common for this time of year.

Hand, foot and mouth disease affects mostly small children. Symptoms include fever and rash on the hands, feet and inside of the mouth.

The doctor says it usually gets better in a couple of days on its own, but fluids are important.

"Just getting them to drink, most won't want to eat, that's okay," Dr. Amy Seery said. "Just get them to drink lots of fluids, you can treat the fever but they can also chill out and read a book and let it go that may shorten the duration of the illness."

Hand, foot and mouth can be contagious for up to two weeks.

Doctor Seery says hand washing is key to prevent the spread of the disease.