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'More than a dozen' cases of hand, foot and mouth disease reported at Florida State University

Posted at 6:54 AM, Sep 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-15 06:54:24-04

Health officials at Florida State University said Wednesday they have identified "more than a dozen cases" of hand, foot, and mouth disease on campus. 

The school sent out a health alert to all students, notifying and warning them of the recent outbreak. 

The outbreak is definitely an uncommon illness among college students. It is most often found in babies and toddlers. It is even more common at daycare facilities. 

The symptoms of the viral infection include cough, sore throat, fever, body aches and blisters on the hands, mouth, and feet. 

Students are being urged to seek medical attention if they have any of the symptoms because it is highly contagious and can spread through contact, coughing, sharing drinks, eating utensils or touching dirty areas. 

The University Health Services say the disease will run its course in as little as three to five days for mild cases or up to a week or more if severe. They are asking all students to isolate themselves so that they do not spread the disease to other students. 

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