MCHD implores residents to be conscious of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

MORGANTOWN — The Monongalia County Health Department is imploring residents to be conscious of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease.
Several cases have come up in the area, including Morgantown and the WVU football team.
Dr. Lee Smith, executive director and county health officer, said there are several different viruses that can cause the illness. Anyone infected by one, doesn’t necessarily give protection from another. Since there are several different types, someone could have had it as a typical childhood illness and then contract it as an adult.
“Sometimes what we see is that with some viral illnesses, like say chicken pox, is that if you don’t have a real strong case — you’re not covered from head to toe but you get one or two little bumps — then you can come back with a second case because it gives you no protection,” he said.

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