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Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease
As of 4 p.m. Thursday, the university has knowledge of approximately 20 cases of HFMD, but it is possible some students are seeking treatment off campus. Administrators praised the student body for taking the situation seriously and said they are hopeful that the university’s early intervention strategies will mitigate further transmission of the virus. (UPDATED 4:05 p.m. Thursday, September 15, 2016)
Florida State University Health Services has identified more than a dozen cases of hand, foot and mouth disease in the past week. Hand, foot and mouth disease is a common viral illness that usually affects infants and children younger than 5 years old. However, it can sometimes occur in adults. Symptoms include fever, mouth sores, and a skin rash. Standard medical practice is to let the illness run its course (usually a few days). Be advised the illness is not life threatening but due to the highly contagious nature of the virus, Florida State took immediate action to minimize and contain its spread. Frequent and thorough hand washing with soap and water is recommended in order to avoid exposure to the virus. A more detailed situation report is available here. Visit the University Health Services web site to learn more about the illness. (Posted 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 14, 2016)
Zika Virus prevention
Posted 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Florida State University is working in direct coordination with local, state and federal officials to ensure the safety of the FSU community. At this time, there have been no mosquito-borne cases reported in Leon County.
Zika Virus is primarily spread through mosquito bites and sexual contact with infected people. Most of those infected with Zika Virus (80%) show no signs or symptoms. Others may experience mild symptoms, including fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis (red eyes). It is possible to be infected with Zika Virus and not even know it. Individuals with symptoms should seek medical attention.
Women who are pregnant or may become pregnant are at greatest risk to Zika due to the harm the virus may cause to an unborn baby.
The two primary ways to prevent the contraction and spread of Zika Virus are:
1. Mosquito bite prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/prevention/index.html
2. Safe sex practices: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/transmission/sexual-transmission.html
The Zika Virus Information Hotline for Florida residents and visitors can be reached at 855-622-6735 and additional information can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html
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