We have seen some documented cases of Hand Foot and Mouth disease (HFMD) in the school district. Other schools in Summit and Portage County, have also seen documented cases. This finding, coupled with the approaching cold and flu season, is a good time to remind all students and parents to be vigilant with hand washing.
Hand Foot and Mouth disease is a common viral illness that usually affects infants and children younger than 5 years old. However, it can sometimes occur in adults andschool age children. HFMD is caused by viruses that belong to the Enterovirus group. Symptoms include fever, blister-like sores in the mouth and skin rash. The viruses can be found in an infected person’s: nose and throat secretions (such as saliva, sputum or nasal mucus), blister fluid and stool. An infected person may spread the viruses through close personal contact, coughing and sneezing, contact with feces and contaminated objects and surfaces.
Hand Foot and Mouth Disease can be prevented by proper hand washing.
Wash hands carefully with soap and water, especially after using the toilet, and before eating, preparing, or handling food.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and soiled items.
Avoid close contact such as kissing, hugging, or sharing eating utensils or cups with people with HFMD.
Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you!
Susan C. Baldwin RN BSN
District RN; Rootstown Local Schools