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New Hanover Co. family experiences fast-acting virus first-hand

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the best way to keep your family safe is to wash your hands frequently because the virus can spread easily. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the best way to keep your family safe is to wash your hands frequently because the virus can spread easily.
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) -

A family in New Hanover County has first-hand experience with a disease that affects hands, feet and the mouth.

With symptoms ranging from fever to a rash and blisters, most victims must suffer through the symptoms because there isn't any real treatment or vaccine.

"It was like itchy," 4-year-old Meghan Cimino described her rash.

The virus started with a fever and moved quickly from there.

"She was playing and running around the house one second, and then the next second, she was laying on the couch and she had a 102 degree fever," Erin Cimino said.

The next day came the rash and blisters on Meghan's hands and feet.

"Every time I'd check there would be more and more, so I took her to the ER," Erin said.

Doctors believed fire ants were to blame for the red spots, and that was what Erin thought her little girl had experienced, until another member of the family came down with the same signs.

"It didn't occur to me that she didn't have ant bites until my husband got the exact same symptoms except 10 times worse," Erin said.

Doctors confirmed that John Cimino suffered from the hand, foot, and mouth disease and because there is no real treatment, he had to suffer through the pain.

"I don't want him to ever get sick again," Meghan said.

John and Megan are still experiencing the after affects of the virus, their hands and feet peeling from the blisters.

Meghan is also losing a fingernail and a few toenails, which experts say is common in children who experience this virus.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the best way to keep your family safe is to wash your hands frequently because the virus can spread easily.

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