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The Truth Of The Coxsackie Virus

What is Coxsackie virus disease and how is it transmitted?

Coxsackie viruses are a kind of virus that can be found in human digestive systems and spreads by feces. Coxsackie virus disease is also known as hand, foot and mouth disease commonly. It is an infectious disease that can cause outbreaks especially in summer and autumn. It can be transmitted via respiration, inflammation, intimate contact and feces. The disease can spread rapidly in children who have been exposed to infected pool water with the start of the pool season.

What are the symptoms of Coxsackie virus disease?

Coxsackie virus disease can cause mild cold symptoms, as well as severe symptoms of fever in cases where body resistance is low. As the name of the illness suggests, it causes most rashes around the hands, feet and mouths. Loss of appetite, sore throat, weakness and painful wounds in the mouth could also be seen due to the virus. Virus are more effective on children, but adults with low immunity may also be affected.

How is Coxsackie Virus Disease Treated and Prevented?

Because the disease is caused by the virus, antibiotic treatment does not yield positive results. In 10 days without the use of a single drug, the symptoms are reduced, but in this time-frame itching and redness may occur and since it may cause discomfort, soothing creams can be used. Redness and these scars do not leave permanent traces. During this time, good nutrition should be taken. The people who have been diagnosed with the disease should be isolated, the environment they are in should often be ventilated. Detecting the source of contagion is very important to prevent the spread. Pool water disinfection should be done properly in the enterprises. If any foreign matter enters the pool such as feces, the necessary procedure should be applied immediately. Children’s playgrounds are also areas of high risk. In addition to these, all high risk areas such as door handles, electrical switches, which are at risk of contact, should often be disinfected with the appropriate disinfectant product in order to avoid cross-contamination. Lobby and public toilets which are points with increased human traffic should be cleaned frequently and disinfected on a daily basis. For this purpose, disinfectants containing chlorinated chlorate or chlorine should be used.

It should not be ignored that the vegetables and fruits that are consumed raw especially carry a risk. Vegetables and fruits must be disinfected and cleared of pathogens that can cause disease. Besides, laundry hygiene is among the issues to be considered. Washing of the laundry at high temperature (15 minutes at 80-85° C or application of special products with disinfectant effect such as active chlorine, active oxygen, peracetic acid-PAA etc.) will ensure the safe use of the laundry again.

The most effective method that the parents can use to protect their children from the disease is to give children a habit of hand washing. Hands should be washed with proper product containing disinfectant for 30 seconds frequently and dried with paper towel.

Eczacıbaşı Profesyonel, in order to disinfect risky places for the transmission of microorganisms, such as children’s play areas, baby changing tables, door handles, toilets in hotels and hospitals, offers hygienic solutions to its customers with a wide range of disinfectant products such as disinfectant “Glutaraldehyde” based “M215 Disinfectant Cleaning Agent” and “M105 Alcohol Based Hand Disinfectant” for hand cleaning.

Eczacıbaşı Profesyonel aims to create a habitable and healthy environment by reducing the risk with personal hygiene, hygiene of the areas, kitchen hygiene and laundry hygiene products portfolio. Raising awareness is of utmost importance for a healthy and sustainable world. Training and support programs related to increasing the hygiene level and the correct use of the products are delivered to all relevant institutions and professionals by the EP Academy.