DERBY, Conn. (CBS Connecticut) – Several cases of coxsackie, also known as hand, foot, and mouth disease, have been reported to officials at Derby High School.
As a precaution, the school will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, according to a letter posted on the school district’s website.
Coxsackie viruses are spread through close personal contact. This can occur when there is direct contact with nose, throat, and fecal discharges of infected persons, according to a fact sheet from the Connecticut Department of Public Health.
Symptoms include sore throat, loss of appetite, fever, and sores in the mouth. Sores can also occur on other parts on the body, such as hands, feet, and the buttocks. Experts say the illness is mild and lasts one week or less.