McKinley Health Center is currently seeing a number of patients diagnosed with Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HF&M), a viral illness. HF&M is a contagious illness caused by a version of enterovirus that is common in infants but also seen in older children or adults.

Symptoms include: a vesicle-type rash on hands and feet, sores or blisters in or around the mouth and possibly, fever and/or sore throat.

HF&M is highly infectious and spread person-to-person through close contact to include skin-to-skin or skin-to-surface contact, through saliva and respiratory secretions if the mouth or throat are involved (kissing, sharing eating or drinking items, or coughing/sneezing). Individuals may be contagious for up to a week or until vesicles are dry and resolving. Avoid close contact and touching others to reduce spread of the disease.

There is no specific treatment for HF&M. Treatment is directed towards reducing symptoms and preventing spread of the disease. Students diagnosed are instructed to keep vesicles covered, perform frequent hand hygiene, clean the environment especially high touch surfaces, not share personal items and refrain from close contact activities.

If you think you may have HF&M, make an appointment and be seen at McKinley Health Center.

For more information on HF&M visit: http://www.cdc.gov/hand-foot-mouth/

Date: 
Friday, October 12, 2018 - 14:15