Norwin football players have hand, foot, mouth disease
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A Westmoreland County school district is taking precautions against the spread of hand, foot and mouth disease because two football players have been diagnosed with the virus.
The virus commonly affects infants and children and is spread by personal contact. Despite its name, it is not related to hoof and mouth disease which affects cattle and cannot be spread to humans.
The virus causes a fever and blister-like sores in the mouth or, sometimes, a skin rash.
Players and students are being warned about sharing water bottles and towels, and maintenance crews are disinfecting the school's field house and locker rooms.
First Published August 23, 2011 9:23 am