Coxsackie- also known as Hand-Foot-and-Mouth Disease
Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is caused by a virus called an enterovirus.
The virus spreads easily through coughing and sneezing. It can also spread through infected stool, such as when you change a diaper or when a young child gets stool on his or her hands and then touches objects that other children put in their mouths. Often the disease breaks out within a community.
It usually takes 3 to 6 days for a person to get symptoms of hand-foot-and-mouth disease after being exposed to the virus. This is called the incubation period.
- sore throat
- ulcers in the mouth
- blisters on hands and feet
If your child develops any of the above mentioned symptoms you should consult your doctor. Please notify the school nurse if your child is diagnosed with Coxsackie (HFMD). As always, students must be fever free for 24 hours, without the need for fever-reducing medication (ie. tylenol, advil), to return to school. Students will require a doctor's note to return to school.
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