Maine High School Breaks Out With Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease
The homecoming football game has been cancelled at Scarborough High School due to an outbreak of hand, foot & mouth disease, according to WMTW.
The game was scheduled for today, September 28, against Massabesic High School, which reported "cases of Coxsackie virus, which causes hand, foot and mouth disease," according to WMTW.
While the game has been cancelled, the homecoming dance will continue as planned for Saturday.
Hand, foot & mouth disease is a mild, contagious viral infection common in young children — is characterized by sores in the mouth and a rash on the hands and feet. Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is most commonly caused by a coxsackievirus.
- Sore throat
- Feeling of being unwell (malaise)
- Painful, red, blister-like lesions on the tongue, gums and inside of the cheeks
- A red rash, without itching but sometimes with blistering, on the palms, soles and sometimes the buttocks
- Irritability in infants and toddlers
- Loss of appetite
The illness spreads by person-to-person contact with an infected person's:
- Nasal secretions or throat discharge
- Fluid from blisters
- Respiratory droplets sprayed into the air after a cough or sneeze