A Note From the PBCSD Health Office
Over the last few weeks, there has been an increase in cases of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) being reported to the nurse’s office. We want you to be aware of what to look for and what to do if you see any of the symptoms listed below.
What it is: Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease is a contagious illness caused by different viruses. It is common in infants and children younger than five years old, because they do not yet have immunity to the viruses that cause HFMD. However, older children and adults can also get the disease. HFMD is usually not serious, and nearly all people recover in seven to 10 days without medical treatment. For any further information, please refer to the CDC’s website.
Symptoms: usually appear 3-5 days after exposure. Please watch your child for the symptoms listed below. If your child has the following symptoms, please call your child’s healthcare provider for guidance.
- Poor appetite
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- A blister-like rash on the hands, feet and in the mouth usually develops one to two days after the initial symptoms
What to do: You can reduce the risk of getting infected with the viruses that cause HFMD by following a few simple steps:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after changing diapers, and help young children do the same
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact such as kissing, hugging, and sharing cups and eating utensils with people who have HFMD
- Disinfect frequently-touched surfaces and objects, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick
- Children with a rash or fever should not attend school
Please call the school’s Health Office (776-5728, ext. 1321 & 1322) if you have any questions at all. We are happy to help point you in the right direction!