Odem school reports 4 confirmed cases of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

Posted at 3:47 PM, May 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-18 16:47:40-04

ODEM – Odem-Edroy Independent School District is taking precautions after four students were diagnosed with Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease.

Odem Elementary has four confirmed cases of hand, foot and mouth disease.  Two pre-K and two students in the second grade have contracted the virus.  The school sent a letter to parents early this week in the affected classes with symptoms to watch for and to let parents know that the school was taking extra precautions to try and keep the virus from spreading.

According to specialists at Driscoll Children’s Hospital, the virus appears as blister-like rashes on hands, feet and inside mouths.  Other symptoms include high fevers, loss of appetite, irritability and a sore throat.

The disease is contagious.  Children should be looked over by a doctor should symptoms appear.