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Hand, foot and mouth disease outbreak reported on FSU campus

Florida State University officials say more than a dozen cases of hand, foot and mouth disease have been reported on campus, prompting the cancellation of several on-campus events.

According to officials, the disease is a common viral illness that typically affects children under 5 years old and includes symptoms such as fever, sore throat, mouth sores and skin rash.

"This illness usually lasts for a few days, and there is no medicine to treat it," Lesley Sacher, director of the FSU Health and Wellness Center, said in a news release. "Blisters may form on hands, feet or in the mouth with mild fever or sore throat causing the patient to feel uncomfortable for about five days."

Officials say they will sanitize common areas on campus, and are urging dormitory, fraternity and sorority residents to thoroughly clean their bathrooms and other areas, and to make hand sanitizer more widely available since it is a highly contagious illness.

The Tallahassee Democrat reported fraternity rush activities were cancelled Tuesday night.

More information about the disease is available on the Centers for Disease Control website.

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