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Word! Coxsackievirus

Coxsackievirus

Say: kok-SAK-ee-vy-rus

This is one of a group of viruses or germs that live in your digestive tract and can make you sick. Kids with coxsackievirus may have a fever, a stomachache, runny nose, or a sore throat. It can cause a rash and sores in the mouth.

It's easy to pass this kind of virus around by sneezing or coughing on your hands. Washing your hands a lot is the best way to keep from getting a coxsackievirus.

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