In following up this evening, the Friday’s illness bout is now suspected to be Hand Foot Mouth Disease (HFMD). You can learn more about the virus disease from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) site for it.
It starts with a fever and then in 3-6 days, small sores or blisters may show up in the mouth, around the mouth, on the palms of the hands or soles of feet. In our case, few light sores are appearing on the soles of the feet of 3 students and 2 outside the mouth for 1 student. Only 2 showed fever on Friday at school and the fever cleared for both. We can be bearers of the virus without showing symptoms. The key recommendation is ensuring washing hands well and frequently.
Here at school, we are particular about hand washing, covering sneezes and coughs, following quarantine and 24-hour fever clear policies which are all CDC guidelines for health and hygiene.
All cases have been followed up with doctor/advice nurse. None have had active fever during school days this week. Per reading and doctor/advice nurse recommendations for all cases, other than handwashing, there are no additional precautions to follow given mild symptoms and no mouth sores, no loss of appetite and no fever. For the classroom, for the benefit of all, the sleeping mats, sleeping blankets, washcloths, mats, linen, table mats etc have all been laundered. The toys and surface areas have been Lysol disinfected and also soap-water cleaned as applicable. Hygiene and sanitation is very important. I have personally take care to ensure all family living and visiting are not unduely exposed further.
I hope that this infection is behind us. Please do check the hands, feet and mouth of your child. I will do the same tomorrow morning to ensure all others are not showing any sores/blisters even without fever.
Should you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out.