Earlville CUSD 9 Parents and Guardians,
Please be advised there have been multiple cases of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) recently reported within the student population at Earlville CUSD 9. Please be aware that all necessary precautions are being taken by the District to prevent the spread of this disease within the building. We have followed the directions provided to us by the officials at the LaSalle County Health Department. The officials at the health department informed us that this disease is spread through oral secretions and through direct contact with open blisters. Please see the related information below provided by the Health Department. We are hopeful that by taking the necessary precautions this disease will not spread any further within our student population.
Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (Coxsackievirus Al6)
Usually three to seven days
Early Signs and Symptoms
There is usually a mild fever, often a sore throat, loss of appetite, small red spots in the mouth (on the tongue, gums and the inside of the cheeks) that may blister. If there is a rash on the skin, it may be flat or raised red spots that blister. Rash can occur on the palms and fingers of the hands or on the soles of the feet and on the buttocks. Symptoms may last for seven to 10 days or infections can be asymptomatic.
Period of Communicability
Virus can be excreted before symptoms appear, during illness and for several weeks after symptoms have resolved.
Method of Transmission
The fluid in the blisters or ulcers contains virus, which can be passed to another person through nasal and oral secretions, or from an infected person's feces. Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is not transmitted to or from animals or pets; it is not associated with the similarly named disease that can cause serious illness in cattle.
Control of Cases
While there are no restrictions, in a child care facility when multiple cases are occurring, some benefit may be gained by excluding very young children with blisters in their mouths who drool or who have weeping lesions on their hands until their symptoms resolve. In general, most infected children do not need to be excluded unless fever is present or they are not well enough to participate in usual activities.
Control of Contacts
Teach the importance of basic hygiene measures such as covering the mouth when coughing or sneezing and frequent, proper handwashing before any activity that brings hands in contact with the mouth, e.g., eating, drinking, smoking, etc. Emphasize the importance of proper disposal of used tissues; prompt handwashing after handling articles soiled with oral secretions or discharges from the nose and immediately after diaper changing or toileting; and not sharing glasses, straws, water bottles, eating utensils, etc.
Thank you and if you have any questions please call the school at 815-246-8361 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mrs. Jenette Fruit