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Old 07-01-2012, 11:13 PM   #4
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Re: Hand and foot disease: how contagious and how does it spread?

When my kids got it, we were told they were contagious for the week prior to any symptoms showing (the incubation period) and during the fever stage (in our house it lasted 3 days) - once the rash appeared they were no longer contagious. So based on that, I would avoid your friends for a while until the bug had worked itself out of their house completely. I'm pretty sure that adults can be carriers of it to and pass it on to the kids even if they themselves haven't caught it.
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