The Student Health Center posts relevant health alerts and advisories that may affect the campus community. Feel free to check this page frequently, as advisories can change more often than seasonally.
Information about Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease - Updated October 5, 2016
Over the course of the past week, a number of students have been diagnosed with Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease. Hand Foot and Mouth disease is a common viral infection seen in the summer and fall. It causes sore throat, fever, cold symptoms and a raash that can be anywhere on the body, but frequently on the hands and feet too. It lasts for about 5-7 days and then it gets better on its own without any antibiotics. Treatments may include Tylenol or Motrin/Advil for throat pain and fever. The best way to keep from getting the infection is frequent hand washing, especially before eating.
As many may know, the Zika virus has been identified recently in a number of countries worldwide, with some isolated cases originating in the US. Zika virus is transmitted primarily by mosquitos, although the Centers for Disease Control(CDC) report spread through sexual contact may also be possible. The virus can cause fever, rash, joint pain or conjunctivitis, which usually get better in a few days. However, infections during pregnancy may be associated with birth defects in babies.
Many members of our community may have traveled this summer to areas where the virus is prevalent. If you have traveled to an endemic area, and you develop the symptoms listed above, you should visit the Student Health Center or your healthcare provider. To see if you are traveling to a Zika affected area, please check the CDC’s map.
We encourage all students to follow guidance issued by the CDC. As information about the virus is updated frequently, we encourage all members of the community to access the CDC's Zika virus web page for the most comprehensive and up to date information. Additionally, the CDC is issuing recommendations regarding travel to endemic areas. This information is updated regularly and also can be found on the CDC site.
If you have any specific questions regarding Zika virus, please feel free to contact the Student Health Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.