Splendora ISD reports small outbreak of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

Splendora ISD has had several students confirmed with the Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (HFMD). According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease is a common viral illness that usually affects infants and children younger than 5 years old; however, it can sometimes occur in older children and adults.

People infected with hand, foot, and mouth disease can spread it to others when they cough or sneeze. You can also get hand, foot, and mouth disease if you come into contact with an infected person’s blister fluid or feces. You can lower the risk of being infected by:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and warm water
  • Disinfecting dirty surfaces and soiled items
  • Avoiding close contact such as kissing, hugging, or sharing eating utensils or cups with infected people

To help prevent any infectious disease, the Splendora ISD custodians have been cleaning all student areas – desktops, table tops, high touch surfaces, sinks, water fountains, all restroom fixtures with an EPA registered, hospital grade disinfectant. Custodians have also been supplied with colorful hand washing stickers to encourage young students to wash their hands.

For more information on HFMD, visit the CDC at cdc.gov/hand-foot-mouth.

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