Parents of students at Derby High School were warned after several cases of the coxsackie virus were reported this week.
The coxsackie virus is also known as hand, foot, and mouth disease, Connecticut Department of Public Health said. Health officials said the virus is spread "through close personal contact" and occurs predominately in children under the age of 10.
Dr. Ulysses Wu with St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, said it is pretty common to see this virus this time of year...and sheds some light on how you can pick it up.
“This is based off of fecal material, this replicates in your intensive and it can spread to other parts of your body, including your skin and your mouth as well,” Wu said.
Derby High School was "thoroughly cleaned and disinfected by the facilities management team" as a "safety precaution," Principal Martin Pascale said in a letter to parents on Monday.
Parents were asked to check their students for "signs of a blister rash on the palms of their hands, soles of their feet and inside their mouths," Pascale said.
If you have it, you might have a sore throat, not feel like eating and have a fever of at least 101.
There are ways to avoid getting it, like washing your hands often.
“So hygiene is important...washing of your hands. Don’t put your own hands in your own mouth if you haven't washed your hands,” Wu said.
There is no specific treatment, and doctors said it just needs to run its course.
Anyone with any questions is asked to call the Derby High School at 203-736-5032.
For more information on hand, foot, and mouth disease, click here.
To read the letter to parents, click here.
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