December 6, 2019
We have had a couple of cases of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease in the school. This viral disease is more common in babies and toddlers. However, older children, teens, and adults can also get Hand, Foot, and Mouth. We wanted to send out information for what to look for.
Symptoms of hand, foot, and mouth disease often include:
Painful mouth sores that usually begin as flat red spots
Rash of flat red spots that may blister on the palms of the hands, soles of the feet, and sometimes the knees, elbows, buttocks, and/or genital area
These symptoms usually appear in stages, not all at once. Not everyone will have all of these symptoms. Some people may show no symptoms at all, but they can still pass the virus to others.
Students with symptoms of hand, foot, and mouth disease, particularly a rash illness with fever, should be excluded from school until at least 24 hours after the fever has resolved without the use of fever-reducing medication. They should also be looked at by a health care provider (They will give directions as well regarding being out of school).
Please look on the CDC website for more information at the following link. Fact sheet: https://www.cdc.gov/Features/HandFootMouthDisease/
The best prevention for this illness is good handwashing and avoiding close contact with ill individuals.
Please contact me with any questions or concerns.
Liesa Miller, RN