We have had some cases of Hand-foot and mouth in EYFS and Primary recently.
Hand-foot-mouth disease is a common childhood illness which is caused by a virus. It typically affects children under the age of ten but older children and adults may also become infected. Initial symptoms of hand-foot-mouth disease include fever, poor appetite, general discomfort and often a sore throat. Approximately two days after onset of initial symptoms, painful sores develop in the mouth. A non-itchy rash with flat or raised red spots with a blister-like appearance develops on the hands and feet.
This virus can be contagious and is spread from person to person by direct contact with nose and throat discharge, saliva, fluid from blisters, or stool of the infected person. The incubation period for hand-foot-mouth disease is three to seven days. A person infected with the virus is contagious from the onset of symptoms until the blister-like rash disappears. If your child becomes ill with hand-foot-mouth disease, please keep them at home.
We will ensure extra hand washing is encouraged throughout the day and regular cleaning of surfaces as well as the deep clean that happens each evening.
Any questions, please get in touch with the school office.