Hand feet mouth disease

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Central Valley Parents – YOU NEED TO SEE THIS!

There is a disease running rampant in California’s Central Valley, called Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease. According to their local news, KMPH, the contagious virus has seen a sharp rise across the valley, with schools and households  doing everything they can to prevent it- but parents need to be aware.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that the disease affects mostly children and spreads through saliva, fluid from blisters or contact with a contaminated surface. At first, the symptoms may be confused as a fever. Sores in the mouth, as well as palms of the hands, and soles of the feet are likely to develop.

Carolina Crosswell has 3 kids, 1 of them attending Wilson Elementary School in Sanger as a first grader, another in kindergarten and another one still in diapers. She explains,

“I make them jump in the shower as soon as they get home from school. I know they’re carrying a lot of germs,”

Even with those strict precautions it wasn’t enough, as her first grader became infected with the virus 3 weeks ago.

Several other cases of the disease have surfaced since then. Now schools are working with parents in order to rid the valley of this quick-spreading disease.

“We’re telling parents to keep a close eye and see if the kids aren’t feeling well, or have developed the blisters. They can return once the blisters are healed. They have to go to the nurse to get cleared.” – Sanger Unified

Article: KMPH