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What is Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) Hand, foot and mouth disease   (HFMD) is a human   syndrome   caused by intestinal viruses of the   picornaviridae   family . The most common strains causing HFMD are   coxsackie A   virus   and   enterovirus 71 EV-71 . HFMD is a contagious illness caused by different viruses . Although older children & adults affected by the disease but children below 5 year age are more likely to get affected . HFMD usually affects infants and children, and is quite common. It is moderately contagious and is spread through direct contact with the mucus, saliva, or feces of an infected person. It typically occurs in small epidemics in nursery schools or kindergartens, usually during the summer and autumn months. The usual incubation period is 3–7 days. It is less common in adults; however, it is still possible to catch it especially if never exposed to the virus previously. HFMD is not to be confused with foot-and-mouth disease   (also calle