School warning of contagious illness

Parents at Chemainus Elementary Community School are being urged to watch out for hand, foot and mouth disease.

Principal Brenda Stevenson reported to them in a letter Dec. 9 that "several cases" have been reported at the school.

She told them that symptoms include fever, runny nose, sore throat, sores in the mouth, loss of appetite and painless rash or blisters on the palms of the hands, soles of the feet or, occasionally, the buttocks.

"Hand, foot and mouth disease is contagious. It can be passed to others through contact with the infected person’s saliva, mucus, or feces. Children are most contagious during the first week of the illness," she said in the announcement.

However, the virus remains in the feces and "can sometimes spread for several weeks after the blisters and sores have healed. There is no blood test or medicine for hand, foot and mouth disease."

Good hygiene works to help keep the illness from spreading, including washing hands well with running water and soap after nose blowing or using the toilet.

"If your child is not feeling well, it is important to keep him or her home from school until the symptoms have stopped," she told parents.

For more information contact your local health unit, their doctor or try phoning 8-1-1 HealthLinkBC (a free call) or visiting www.healthlinkbc.ca

Just Posted

Gammie siblings help Duncan Lanes to triple silver at YBC tenpin provincials

Siblings Alex and Alyssa Gammie both came from behind to finish second… Continue reading

T.W. Paterson column: Even historians have forgotten the Fenian scare of the 1860s: conclusion

Fenian eyes were again upon Canada — this time on far-off Vancouver Island.

Caps edged in overtime

Cowichan in a must-win situation going into game six at the Big Stick on Sunday

Cowichan 49ers return to Tony Grover Cup final

The Cowichan 49ers are back in the Tony Grover Cup final after… Continue reading

Protective human chain forms around Victoria mosque for Friday prayer

Islanders stand arm-in-arm to show support in aftermath of New Zealand shootings

Coming up in Cowichan: World Water Day

Shawnigan Lake marks World Water Day Got clean local water? “The ability… Continue reading

2 fires in Victoria caused by cigarettes prompts warning from deputy fire chief

Two separate fires caused by cigarette butts were avoidable

Wildlife activists slam B.C. business, clubs for ‘wolf-whacking’ contests

Chilcotin Guns, Creston Valley Rod and Gun Club and West Kootenay Outdoorsmen Club under fire

‘Families torn apart:’ Truck driver in fatal Broncos crash gets 8-year sentence

Judge Inez Cardinal told court in Melfort, Sask., that Sidhu’s remorse and guilty plea were mitigating factors

Vancouver Island motorists attempted CPR on victim in fatal Highway 4 crash

Collision took place west of Whiskey Creek; man in his 70s died

Boy who went missing from park remains largest probe in Victoria police history

The four-year old Victoria boy went missing without a trace on March 24, 1991

WestJet sticking with Boeing 737 Max once planes certified to fly

WestJet had expected to add two more of the planes this year to increase its fleet to 13

B.C. driver caught going 207 km/h on motorcycle along Okanagan Highway

A motorcyclist was caught by Kelowna RCMP going 207 km/h on Highway 97C

Most Read