epizootic fever

epizootic fever

(ep´izōot´ik),
n another name for foot and mouth disease in cloven-foot animals; also known as aphthous fever; caused by a type of coxsackievirus, uncommon in the United States. The disease in humans is characterized by malaise, fever, headache, itchy skin, and a sensation of xerostomia despite heavy salivation. Vesicles appear in the oral cavity, around the lips, and on the hands and feet. Oral vesicles and ulcers resolve within approximately 10 days.
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