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Herpangina is a viral illness that involves ulcers and sores (lesions) inside the mouth, a sore throat, and fever.
See also: Hand, foot, and mouth disease
Herpangina is a common childhood infection. It is most often seen in children ages 3 - 10, but it can occur in any age group.
It is typically caused by Coxsackie group A viruses. These viruses are contagious. Your child is at risk for herpangina if someone at school or home has the illness.
Abzug MJ. Nonpolio enteroviruses. In: Kliegman RM, Behrman RE, Jenson HB, Stanton BF, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 19th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 242.
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