What Is Herpangina?

By james
Reviewed: Dr. Gromatzky
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2. What Causes Herpangina?

The most common causes of herpangina are coxsackie viruses A and B. Some strains are caused by Enterovirus 71 or the echovirus. These viruses are often present in fecal matter. Once children have had herpangina, they build up an immunity to it, but they may still be vulnerable to other strains.

As with any virus, it is pretty easy to spread herpangina from person to person. Droplets expelled from the mouth and nose can carry the germs that cause it to spread to someone else. This is especially likely when people with the virus cough or sneeze and either do not cover their mouth or cover it with their hands without washing them afterwards.


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