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What's going around: Trichomoniasis and Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease

GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)—This week, local medical professionals have seen cases of Trichomoniasis and Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease.

Laura Spicer at Valley Health in Grand Forks has noted cases of Trichomoniasis (also known as trich), a sexually transmitted infection caused by a parasite.

The infection is spread by sexual contact, and it requires a medical diagnosis and lab tests.

In women, the symptoms include a foul-smelling discharge, genital itching, and painful urination.

Men typically have no symptoms.

Complications of the infection include a risk of premature deliver for pregnant women, and it is easily treatable by a medical professional if both partners take a large dose of an oral antibiotic.

Cindy Urbaniak has noticed cases of Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease going around the pre-school and elementary aged population.

The disease is a mild, yet contagious virus that’s common in young children.

Symptoms of the disease include sores in the mouth, and a rash on the hands and feet.

You can reduce your child’s risk of infection by frequently washing hands and avoiding close contact with people who are infected with Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease.