Hand, foot and mouth disease in Catalonia, Spain

A widespread outbreak of a virus called enterovirus A71 that affects children has been on-going in Catalonia since mid-April. While this virus can cause hand, foot and mouth disease, it can also cause neurological complications. A total of 73 cases of enterovirus infection with neurological complications have been reported, most of which have evolved favourably. The cases are widespread in Catalonia.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease.

Advice For Travellers

In Europe, enterovirus A71 commonly causes asymptomatic infection and is only occasionally associated with severe neurological infection. While the overall risk is low, small children are most susceptible to infection with this virus. Travellers who are travelling with small children can decrease the risk of exposure to this virus by washing hands frequently and by maintaining careful personal hygiene.

Global Monitoring To Keep You Safe While You Travel

Sign up your trip to receive real-time, exclusive travel alerts to help you stay safe while away from home.