Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) is common in children ≤ 5 years of age, and is mainly caused by enterovirus 71 and coxsackievirus A16 (CVA6).
A 12-year-old boy on treatment for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) presented to an HIV clinic with fever and a rash on the palms and soles.
The syphilis test were negative. Enterovirus was identified from a stool sample by PCR and characterised as as coxsackievirus A6(CVA6). The patient
completely recovered a week later. CVA6 has recently been associated with HFMD. This case highlights the significance of the laboratory confirmation
of suspected HFMD cases aand phylogenetic analysis of the identified virus.