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Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease at High School

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Watertown public schools are disinfecting school buildings after confirmed cases of hand, foot and mouth disease at four of the five schools. 

The open house at Swift Middle School, which was planned for 6 p.m. on Thursday, will be postponed until further notice due to the disease, which is also called the Coxsackie virus. 

The superintendent of schools said they have spoke with the Department of Public Health. 

Swift Middle School and all Watertown public schools will be thoroughly disinfected daily, the superintendent said. 

“For the football players, they had to clean out their lockers and bring home any clothing and equipment that they had in the lockers and sanitize them,” Jennifer Rimick, of Watertown, said.

Earlier this week, several cases of hand, foot and mouth disease were confirmed at Derby High School. 

Waterbury also had an issue at an elementary school.

Hand, foot and mouth disease causes a blister-like rash, as well as a fever and sore throat, and it can spread through coughing, sneezing and touching people who are infected, as well as surfaces.

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