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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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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