What Is the Incubation Period of Hand Foot and Mouth Disease?

Hand, foot and mouth disease is a contagious disease which can spread from one person to another. It can’t spread among animals. Generally the virus which causes the disease is passed via stool and oral secretions, such as nasal discharge and saliva.

There is an incubation period of hand, foot and mouth disease that lasts for 3 to 6 days, though in some cases the period is as long as 14 days or as short as 2 days. It is a period between exposure and development of initial symptoms, like fever and malaise. In the first week of the illness the infected person is most contagious. Before the symptoms show up, the person can infect other healthy people potentially.

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