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DOH-Leon Investigating Cases of Hand, Foot, Mouth Disease

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The Florida Department of Health in Leon County is partnering with Florida State University Health Services on investigations into several confirmed cases of hand, foot and mouth disease on the FSU campus. The virus, which is not life-threatening, can develop in adults but is more commonly observed in infants and toddlers younger than 5 years old. Symptoms include fever, reduced appetite, sore throat, painful sores in the mouth and mild rashes on hands and feet. Treatment includes taking over-the-counter medications to reduce fever (aspirin should not be given to children) and mouthwash to numb throat pain. Contact your private health care provider for more information.

On February, 3, State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong issued a Declaration of Public Health Emergency regarding the Zika virus. There are simple steps we can all take to protect ourselves from Zika and all mosquito-borne illness: Drain standing water, no matter how seemingly small, cover your skin with mosquito repellent and protective clothing.

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