Officials from Florida State University have recently announced that an unexpected number of their students were diagnosed with hand, foot and mouth disease. The condition is common with children, and adults’ cases are rare. However, specialists say that people have nothing to worry about.
The hand, foot, and mouth disease usually affects children, and it manifests through sores in or on the mouth, as well as on the feet and hands of the patients.They can also experience fever. The condition lasts for seven to ten days, and it can be a painful period for patients. It is a childhood disease, and once you have it as a child, there are many chances that you shouldn’t get sick with it again.
Nevertheless, doctors account for different types of viruses which cause the hand, foot and mouth disease. They explain that if one of the viruses attacks the patients in childhood, the adult patients are immune to the same virus, but no to other types which can trigger the disease.
According to specialists, the cases at the Florida State University should come as no surprise. They think that precisely this is what happened to the students who got sick. There are two options: they either never had the disease, or they contacted a different type of virus. Communities such as schools and university campuses are common when it comes to spreading viruses.
The viruses which trigger the hand, foot and mouth disease are called enteroviruses, and they are classed as a group. They are extremely contagious, and this is how the illness could spread so rapidly among the college students at the Florida State University.
One of the measures that the authorities at the university took was to disinfect the dorms. The university also decided to cancel some of their planned events, as the sick students couldn’t attend, and they want to prevent any more cases from emerging. Students were also asked to sanitize their rooms, as well as their fraternity and sorority houses. Specialists suggest that washing your hands often can help to prevent the illness.
The first hand, foot, and mouth disease cases were reported on Monday. Doctors recommend patients to rest and take some days off from school and work activities. They also assure them that they will be fine in about a week and can forget about the incident.
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