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Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease prevention (Sept. 23, 2016)
Earlier this month the Loyola community received an email reminder with important treatment and prevention information on Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (HFMD), which was affecting a small and slowly growing number of people on campus. In the last two weeks more students and employees have been diagnosed with the disease. HFMD is a common viral infection that has initial symptoms similar to a bad cold and is treatable with rest, fluids, and over-the-counter medications.
Your health and wellness are extraordinarily important to us. Many of those on campus diagnosed with the illness have already recovered, and we are continuing to take enhanced prevention measures out of an abundance of caution to ensure HFMD remains a very low risk to our broader campus community. Please be mindful, though, that your personal adherence to the following recommendations is the most effective way to decrease your risk of infection.
General recommendations for undergraduate students
- If you are experiencing HFMD symptoms contact the student health center immediately (see “What you should do if you have symptoms or concerns” below for details).
- If you are diagnosed with HFMD you should not go to class until symptoms subside.
- In all cases of illness, you should inform your professors of your condition and arrange to make up work/assignments if you need to miss class.
- If you are diagnosed with HFMD you do not need to go home, however some students have chosen to do so. Students who choose to go home after they begin experiencing symptoms or are diagnosed with HFMD should notify the student health center when they leave campus.
There is no vaccine to protect against HFMD. You can substantially lower your risk of HFMD infection and infection from other common viruses by:
- Maintaining good hygiene, e.g., washing hands often with soap and water
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces/items (you are encouraged to use the disinfecting wipes we have made available in all Loyola classrooms)
- Avoiding close contact with anyone who is showing symptoms
- Avoiding close contact with anyone who has been diagnosed for up to two weeks after their symptoms subside (this is especially relevant for HFMD)
- Avoiding sharing cups, dishes, and utensils
Symptoms usually appear in stages 3-6 days after exposure and may last for 7-10 days. Symptoms can include:
- Sore throat
- Blisters in mouth
- Rash and blisters on palms of hands, soles of feet
What you should do if you have symptoms or concerns
Symptoms usually appear in stages 3-6 days after exposure and may last for 7-10 days. You are contagious before your symptoms appear. Symptoms can include fever, sore throat, malaise, blisters in mouth, and rash and blisters on palms of hands/soles of feet.
Undergraduate students who are experiencing any of these symptoms or have concerns about HFMD should contact Loyola's health center immediately:
- On weekdays from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., call 410-617-5055
- After hours and on weekends, call Sinai Hospital at 410-583-9396 and the on-call provider will return your call
- In any life-threatening health emergency, call campus police at 410-617-5911
Employees and graduate students should schedule an appointment with their healthcare provider. If you are diagnosed with HFMD, please notify Loyola’s health center at the number listed above.
How to prevent transmission if you are diagnosed
HFMD can be transmitted through nose and throat secretions (e.g., saliva or nasal mucus), blister fluid, or feces. An infected person can prevent spread of the virus to another person by:
- Limiting exposure to other people, common areas, common surfaces, and common items immediately after symptoms begin and for up to seven days after blister/rash appears
- Frequently disinfecting commonly-touched items and surfaces
- Following general prevention recommendations from a healthcare provider
There is no specific treatment for HFMD. You can relieve your symptoms and help your body recover by:
- Getting plenty of rest
- Drinking lots of fluids
- Taking over-the-counter medications designed to relieve pain/fever (e.g., ibuprofen or aspirin)
- Using mouthwashes or sprays that numb mouth pain
Loyola’s prevention measures
Loyola’s student health center has been in contact with city and state health officials to confirm Loyola is in compliance with their recommendations. Loyola’s high-priority, ongoing prevention measures across campus include:
- Cleaning residence hall rooms and common areas of students who live on campus and have a confirmed case of HFMD
- Cleaning and sanitizing facilities and surfaces frequently used by those who have a confirmed case of HFMD
- Cleaning public bathrooms more often
- Checking and refilling hand sanitizer stations more often
- Cleaning dining areas more often
- Fogging (disinfecting) entire public spaces where large groups gather, locker rooms, and training rooms
- Cleaning commonly touched objects and surfaces in public areas of buildings more often
- Making disinfecting wipes available in classrooms and meeting areas
- Repeatedly making the Loyola community aware of essential prevention information
- Reemphasizing prevention action items for faculty, staff, and administrators
You can learn more about HFMD at cdc.gov. If you have any questions about HFMD or other wellness concerns, please contact the student health center at 410-617-5055.
Ongoing preparedness information
Staff and administrators: Inclement weather policy when Loyola is open
When weather is severe and Loyola is open, some employees may decide it is unsafe to come to work/remain at work. If an employee decides not to come to work or to leave, they must ask their supervisor/department chair for approval. Employees with an approved absence or early departure due to inclement weather may use vacation leave, personal leave, or leave without pay for the absence. For additional information see policy 4.5 through 4.6 of the Staff and Administrator Policy Manual.
Students and faculty: Academic continuity
There are several options for students and faculty to stay connected and maintain coursework when classes are canceled and campus is closed.
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For information about security and fire safety at Loyola please read the Annual Security and Fire Report (Clery Act).