Odem-Edroy Independent School District is taking precautions after four students were diagnosed with Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease.
Local pediatricians told KRIS Six News earlier this week they are seeing the number of Hand, Foot and Mouth cases increasing in our area.
Odem-Edroy I.S.D. confirmed Thursday afternoon that two pre-kindergarteners and two second graders at Odem Elementary have contracted the disease.
In a statement released to KRIS 6 News, Odem I.S.D. Superintendent Dr. Lisa Gonzales stated, "Odem-Edroy I.S.D. Places school health and safety as a first priority."
Dr. Gonzales also stated on May 14th and May 16th, the school sent a letter home to parents in affected classes regarding symptoms of the virus. It also reassured parents that the district custodial team was taking extra precautions to minimize the spread of the virus.
Driscoll Children’s Hospital’s Director for Infectious Diseases said parents need to look for a blister-like rash on their children’s hand, feet and inside their mouths. Other symptoms include a high fever, loss of appetite, irritability and a sore throat.
If your child has these symptoms, call a doctor because the disease is contagious.