On Monday, July 16, 2018, it was determined that three Ravenna football players have Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease.
Players will not be going to Mount Union for camp this year for the safety and health of the team and teams from other districts which participate at camp during the same week. The team will take the whole week off and practice will resume on Monday, July 30th. All checks and money written for camp will be returned.
The custodial staff and the RSD athletic trainer are aware of the illness and will be cleaning the affected area.
First signs of the disease include:
- Sore throat
- Feeling of being unwell
- Painful, red, blister-like lesions on the tongue, gums and inside of the cheeks
- A red rash without itching, but sometimes with blistering, on the palms of hands, soles of feet and sometimes the buttocks
- Irritability in infants and toddlers
- Loss of appetite
Symptoms usually take between three and seven days to appear, and the disease itself usually lasts about a week to ten days. It often resolves entirely on its own without treatment.
The disease is most commonly found in children aged five and younger but can occur in older children and adults.