TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WATE) – A medical outbreak caused Florida State University to cancel many student activities Tuesday. Hand, foot and mouth disease commonly occurs in young children,however, it is being seen in college students at the university.
FSU’s Health and Wellness Center Director Lesley Sacher stated, “We are aware of more than a dozen cases so far.”
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says symptoms include loss of appetite and dehydration. The disease can be caused by a virus. It can be transmitted by personal contact, through coughing and sneezing, contact with feces and contact with contaminated objects, according to CDC.
“This illness usually lasts for a few days, and there is no medicine to treat it,” Sacher said. “Blisters may form on hands, feet or in the mouth with mild fever or sore throat causing the patient to feel uncomfortable for about five days.”
The university cancelled fraternity recruitment, according to the Tallahassee Democrat.
The CDC says there is no vaccine to prevent the disease and no specific treatment. People with the disease can take medication to ease the pain.
All campus residences and student housing are being sanitized. The school is placing bottles of hand sanitizer in each residential building. Also, the school is encouraging businesses in Tallahassee to clean their buildings.
“The most important piece of advice,” Sacher said, “is to wash your hands often with soap and water.”