CDC: Atypical virus strain caused intestinal virus outbreak

04/10/2012 | Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

An atypical strain of coxsackievirus A6 caused an outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease in Alabama, California, Connecticut and Nevada from November 2011 through February, CDC researchers found. The outbreak was characterized by more severe rash and fever than usual in HFMD outbreaks, and patients were more likely to be hospitalized, the CDC said.

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