Parents in Watertown were notified on Thursday that there are several confirmed cases of hand, foot, and mouth disease in four of the five public schools.
The virus is called the Coxsackie virus, and causes a blister-life rash that is spread by coughing, sneezing, and touching another infected person or contaminated surfaces.
School officials said they have taken a number of preventative measures to ensure the well-being of the students and staff.
“We will be thoroughly disinfecting each of our school buildings daily, including all surfaces such as desktops, chairs, door handles, hand railings, health office beds, etc. Administrators, teachers, nurses, athletic directors, and coaches will be speaking to students with a consistent message about the importance of maintaining good hygiene, including frequent hand washing and not sharing personal items, such as water bottles and utensils,” the letter to parents said.
All Watertown schools will remain open as usual on Friday.
On Wednesday, several cases of the virus were reported among students in Derby.
Parents should check their students for signs of a blister rash on the palms of their hands, soles of their feet and inside their mouths, doctors 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.
There is no specific treatment, and doctors said it just needs to run its course.
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