Henrico County Schools confirms that students at several schools have been diagnosed with Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease. According to Henrico Schools, three students at Freeman, 10 students at Glen Allen High, and six students at Godwin have confirmed cases of HFMD, accumulated over the past two weeks.
The Henrico County Health Department sent out a letter to parents, asking them to encourage children to always wash their hands after using the restroom and before eating.
What is hand-foot-and-mouth disease?
Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is an illness that causes sores in or on the mouth and on the hands, feet, and sometimes the buttocks and legs. The sores may be painful. The illness usually doesn't last more than a week or so.
Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is common in children but can also occur in adults. It can occur at any time of year but is most common in the summer and fall.
It is not the same as other diseases that have similar names: foot-and-mouth disease (sometimes called hoof-and-mouth disease) or mad cow disease. These diseases almost always occur in animals.
What causes hand-foot-and-mouth disease?
Hand-foot-and-mouth disease is caused by a virus called an enterovirus.