Harvardians coming down with Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

The Crimson reports on several cases of the virus, which can cause rashes and mouth sores.


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Aw, c'mon

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they haven't even had a chance to admit women yet.

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Are They Going To Be Culled?

One of the hallmarks of Irish TV (and once I saw on a Vermont station) in the 80's were the commercials for Hand, Foot, and Mouth disease prevention vaccines; for cows.

In this case of course, it was hoof, not hand and foot. We need to be specific in terms of our physical attributes to separate ourselves from our tasty bovine overlords of course.

In England in 2001 they killed off a lot of livestock when this broke out and then burned the bodies in their fields.

However, I don't expect the same here, but be careful making putting those scorpion bowls to your lips to get the last of the concoction into your mouths over the next few weeks our Veritasian friends. Straight teeth mean nothing when you are riddled with cold sores.

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So nasty! When I was in

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So nasty! When I was in college, I didn't put anything in my mouth passed around from anyone... ever hear of mono?

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Not the same thing :-)

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Confusingly similar names indeed:

Apparently humans can get foot-and-mouth, but only extremely rarely. Foot-in-mouth is of course much more common. :-)

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that involves a coxsackie virus has got to be bad. It sounds like something you get from playing hacky-sack with the wrong appendage.

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You learn something new every

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You learn something new every day.

Today, I just learned the Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease is a different virus than Foot and Mouth Disease.

Good thing, too. FMD is highly communicable and the primary methods of dealing with it are still quarantine or culling.

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I believe the saying goes along the lines of "If there is no FMD, then there'll be no FMD", a reference to widespread culling as a control mechanism.

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Yeah, I remember reading in

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Yeah, I remember reading in one or two of the James Herriot books about the fear & dread of an outbreak and the devastation the compulsory slaughter policy could mean to a farmer.

He gave an account of one outbreak he caught - he nearly missed the symptoms when checking some livestock at one farm for something and got the cold chills when he realized his next scheduled stop that day would have been some huge farm where he would've driven in, walked around & spread the infection to an entire herd of cattle. Then days while the first herd was slaughtered and disinfecting his boots & car after each farm and an interdict in the district on selling livestock until it could be confirmed it hadn't spread.

He had a terrible moment during that stretch when a farm had livestock with odd symptoms (blisters or something) and he thought he found a second outbreak (and wondering if he had somehow spread it) - but it turned out to be an odd coincidence. The baby of that farm family was badly irritated by his vaccination injections, his mother had to change the dressing on his arms, and then she went to do some of the chores - the cattle were having an allergic reaction to the tiny bit of vaccine she exposed them to with her hands.

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Pound of cure

If someone could teach them to stop putting their feet in their mouths...

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This is

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a common virus among children. My sister and I both had it, I don't remember it being any worse than any other virus I had. It does come with little blisters that form between the knuckle and the nail of your fingers and toes, as well as in your throat. They're moderately painful, but don't last too long.

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Did you even bother to read the paper?

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