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Outbreak Of Hand, Foot And Mouth Disease Fades At FSU

Dakota Local

Florida State University officials are hoping a campus-wide hand-washing campaign will help stop an outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease at the school.

Health officials tell the Tallahassee Democrat they're seeing "significant decreases" in the outbreak. They say a dozen students were treated at on-campus health locations and another seven sought medical help off-campus.

Symptoms include fever, loss of appetite, sore throat, mouth sores and rashes on the hands and feet.

Lesley Sacher, director of FSU Health and Wellness Center, says there could be more cases, since the outbreak has a three-day incubation period.

Leon County health officials say it's the first time they've seen an outbreak of the disease in the college age group. Typically the disease occurs at day care centers.