ST. JOSEPH, Mo.
Hand-foot-and-mouth virus is making its way across the Midwest to northwest Missouri.
According to doctors, the virus is common and spreads easily in children under the age of five.
Symptoms include ulcers or sores inside or around the mouth and a rash or blisters on the hands, feet and legs.
"We have seen a lot of hand, foot and mouth disease," Dr. Cynthia Brownfield from Mosaic Life Care said. "It's one of those illnesses that you typically see highs and lows throughout different times of the year and in the last month we've seen quite a few cases."
Brownfield said the best treatment plan is to keep children hydrated and provide over-the-counter medication for symptoms until the virus runs its course.