PARENT WARNING: Highly contagious disease outbreak on Coast

BREAKING: Parents are warning of an outbreak of a highly contagious disease after an incident at a Sunshine Coast pool.

A Coast mother posted to social media to warn parents after her three-year-old child was diagnosed with hand, foot and mouth disease.

She said two of her daughter's friends had since caught the disease.

She said she and her daughter were at the Peregian Springs recreation centre, using the public swimming when a baby soiled its nappy.

She said the incident was swiftly cleaned, but she believed it was the cause behind her daughter's illness.

She warned parents the popular cool-down spot was often busy, especially during school holidays, and to be on alert for any symptoms.

According to Queensland Health, hand, foot and mouth disease occurs mainly in young children but can be diagnosed in adults.

Symptoms of the disease include fevers, a runny nose, a sore throat and mouth and the forming of blisters on the hands, feet and mouth.

The blisters can last for 3-5 days, which can also lead to dehydration as the pain from the blisters may stop the person from eating and drinking.

HOW TO PREVENT THE SPREAD:

Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and dry thoroughly before handling food; and after going to the toilet, touching soiled linen and articles and changing nappies.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and soiled items, including toys.

Avoid sharing cups, eating utensils, items of personal hygiene (e.g. towels, washers and toothbrushes), and clothing (especially shoes and socks).

Put used tissues in the bin straight away after use then wash hands.

Allow blisters to dry naturally. The blisters should not be deliberately pierced because the fluid within the blisters is infectious.

Children and staff with hand, foot and mouth disease should be excluded from school and childcare facilities until all blisters have dried.

Source: Queensland Health



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