What is HFMD?
Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) is a viral infection that causes small red spots and blisters on the palms of hands, soles of feet and in the throat. HFMD is highly contagious in children ages 5 and under, but can also be contracted by adults. It can also cause fever and painful/itchy sores and can last up to 2 weeks.
Why is it a problem now?
Cases of HFMD started spiking this summer, and are continuing to rise as the school year progresses. This virus is contagious through coughing, sneezing and direct contact. With so many children being in the same place at the same time, it is no secret that schools are a hotspot for germs and bacteria. The close proximity and constant sharing of surfaces, pencils and toys easily allow the germs to transmit from student to student.
Several West Michigan schools including Ionia Public Schools have reported numerous cases of HFMD this school year.
What can I do to avoid Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease in my school?
School districts should have their cleaning team fully disinfect high touch point surfaces to reduce the chances of the germs spreading. Students and teachers can also help protect themselves by frequently washing their hands and not sharing personal items. Parents can help protect their families by washing lunch boxes and encouraging their children to not share personal items and keep hands off their face.
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