Hand, Foot, Mouth Disease Breaks Out at School

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PECULIAR, Mo. -- The Raymore-Peculiar School District sent a letter home to parents Thursday, warning them of the Hand, Foot and Mouth disease virus that has afflicted several students there.

Symptoms of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease include fever and blister-like sores on the mouth and skin. The rash is usually located on the palms of the hands and bottoms of the feet. In the first few days of the virus, symptoms resemble the flu; with fever, poor appetite and a sore throat. Then the sores develop a day or two after the fever.

In the letter, the district says it is sanitizing and disinfecting its schools as an extra precaution.

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease is passed from person to person by direct contact with the infectious virus. It is also commonly confused with Hoof and Mouth Disease, but the two diseases are not related. Hoof and Mouth affects cattle, sheep and swine.

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease affects only humans and the two viruses are not transmitted outside their species.

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