Published: Aug. 31, 2016
Health Alert

There have been several cases of hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) across campus over the past week. Coxsackievirus is the most common cause of HFMD and is a contagious viral infection that causes painful sores on the hands, feet and mouth. Most cases resolve within a week and do not need medication attention.

It is spread to others by close personal contact, coughing or sneezing or by contact with contaminated objects and surfaces. It can be difficult to eradicate in schools, group living communities and daycares. Although it is not serious for most people, the infection can cause significant pain while eating, walking and writing. 

Coxsackievirus infections can be serious for laboratory rodents. Staff who work in animal research facilities should take extra care not to spread the disease.  

To avoid infecting others when you have HFMD, practice frequent handwashing, good hygiene and limit close contact with others until sores are healed.

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