Arizona primary school forced to close in the midst of an outbreak of hand, foot and mouth diseases

Elementary school in Arizona is forced to close in the event of an outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease

  • Officials have temporarily closed Tse & # 39; hootsooi & # 39; Primary Learning Center in Window Rock, the capital of Navajo Nation
  • An unspecified, growing number of pre-schoolers and toddlers at the school have contracted hand, foot and mouth disease in recent days
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Civil servants have closed a primary school in Arizona amid an outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease.

An unspecified, growing number of preschool children in the primary learning center of Tse & # 39; hootsooi have contracted the disease in recent days, according to Window Rock Unified School District.

Parents at the school in Window Rock, the capital of Navajo Nation, have been warned to check their children for symptoms – such as loss of appetite and sores on the soles of the hands and feet – and to seek emergency medical help.

The school has been closed since Monday and officials have warned parents of infected children that they can still be contagious after the symptoms have disappeared.

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Officials have temporarily closed Tse & # 39; hootsooi & # 39; Primary Learning Center in Window Rock, the capital of Navajo Nation amid an outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease

Officials have temporarily closed Tse & # 39; hootsooi & # 39; Primary Learning Center in Window Rock, the capital of Navajo Nation amid an outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease

Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) is a viral infection that causes lesions on the hands, feet and mouth of a patient.

It can also affect the buttocks and genitals.

The condition is not related to foot-and-mouth disease in animals.

HFMD is usually not serious and requires no treatment, but it can cause secondary infections if the skin is scratched.

It is most common among children under 10 years of age, with outbreaks at daycare centers and schools.

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It can be distributed by:

  • Close personal contact, such as hugging an infected person
  • The air when an infected person coughs or sneezes
  • Contact with stools, such as changing diapers of an infected person, and then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth before washing your hands
  • Contact with contaminated objects and surfaces, such as touching a doorknob with viruses and then touching your eyes, mouth or nose before washing your hands

Children who contract HFMD should increase their fluid intake, a soft diet and, if necessary, pain relief.

& # 39; We have been notified of a number of students who have been diagnosed with hand, foot and mouth disease by a healthcare professional and the number continues to increase in pre-k and kindergarten, & # 39; said school district officials in a statement.

& # 39; Because of this information, the school will take comprehensive precautions and implement a district-wide cleaning and disinfection plan. & # 39;

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