Mrs. Christine Carlson
732-528-6400 ext. 200
Message to the Parents
From the Superintendent's Office
Several NJ School Districts have reported outbreaks last week of the Coxsackie virus. Coxsackie Virus is commonly referred to as Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) as the patient develops sores in their mouth and a rash with blisters on the palms of their hands and soles of their feet. The virus usually begins with a mild fever, poor appetite and generally not feeling well. Symptoms also include coughing and/or a runny nose. There seems to be a new strain that has developed that is affecting adolescents and adults as well as young children.
The virus is moderately contagious and can be spread from person to person, through direct contact with nose and throat discharges, fluid from the blisters and the stool from an infected person. The usual period from infection to onset of symptoms is 3-7 days. Although there is no treatment for HFMD, frequent hand washing can help prevent the spread of the virus.
If you child develops any of the above mentioned signs or symptoms, you should consult your doctor. Pregnant women or new mothers should also notify their doctor if they have been exposed to the virus. If your child is diagnosed with the virus, please contact the school nurse, Mrs. Looney as soon as possible.
We have eight confirmed cases of HFMD at Brielle Elementary School.
Again, please contact the school nurse with further questions at (732)528-6400 Ext. 208.
Keeping Children First,
Christine Carlson, Superintendent