As we enter summer, it becomes peak season for Hand Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) and there have been reported cases in primary this week. Hand foot and mouth disease is caused by viruses that belong to the Enterovirus group and is a common childhood disease.
Please keep children at home and seek medical advice if they develop any symptoms of rash, fever, blisters in the mouth or on the pads of hands and feet. In some instances, children may be asymptomatic but please notify the school if a student is diagnosed with HFMD. Students should remain at home until 48 hours after fever has subsided and/or all vesicles have dried and crusted.
HFMD is spread through contact and there is no vaccine to protect against the viruses. Therefore, it is important that we encourage our students to maintain good hygiene practices.
Students can lower their risk of being infected by:
- Washing hands often with soap and water, especially after using the toilet.
- Avoiding close contact such as kissing, hugging, sharing eating utensils or water bottles.
- Covering their mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing
For further information on HFMD please visit the Center for Health Protection here.