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What are the types of coxsackieviruses and what can they cause?

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There are two coxsackievirus serotypes that cause most of the clinically recognized syndromes, usually in infants and kids. Types A and B are the most common. Type A viruses cause herpangina (sores in the throat) and hand, foot, and mouth disease, common among children. Children will get painful blisters in their mouth, and small tender lesions on the palms of their hands and bottom of their feet. It goes away on its own, but can cause complications if the child can't drink or eat because of pain. Group A virus also causes herpangina, blisters on the tonsils and soft palate, which feels like a sore throat. Group B virus causes occasional summer outbreaks of fever and spasms of the abdominal and chest muscles (pleurodynia). Subtypes of group A and B can cause more severe symptoms, including meningitis (inflammation of the spinal cord and brain).

From: Coxsackie Virus WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

KidsHealth: "Coxsackievirus Infections."

healthychildren.org: "Coxsackieviruses and Other Enterovirus Infections."

Medscape. 

 

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 16, 2017

SOURCES:

KidsHealth: "Coxsackievirus Infections."

healthychildren.org: "Coxsackieviruses and Other Enterovirus Infections."

Medscape. 

 

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 16, 2017

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