Coxsackie virus postpones homecoming game

October 05, 2018 11:35 PM

Rotterdam-There's an outbreak of Coxsackie virus at Schalmont High School. 
The homecoming football game against Hudson has been postponed as a safety precaution.
"I think it was a good decision, they made a very wise choice in canceling the football game. We're trying to keep the kids safe from germs and virus's" said Jill Rash, a Schalmont parent.

Three cases of the Coxsackie virus have been reported on the Varsity team at Schalmont. It's more often known as hand, foot and mouth disease. This prompted the pep rally to get canceled and the homecoming game to be postponed. 

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"We did everything we could to disinfect the locker rooms, any water bottles, water jugs, the weight room, and any area the football players share" said Matt Ronca, Dir. Of Schalmont athletics. 

The virus is more prevalent in younger kids and spreads through bodily fluids and direct contact. According to the Center for Disease Control, it brings on flu like symptoms along with a rash, and can be contagious for up to ten days. School officials say that's most likely why the football team is taking a hit.

"Especially with teenage boys, not bringing home practice clothes or practice jerseys, not washing their hands, so that's something we're really going to get in to their head is hygiene and hygiene is important" said Ronca.

The Coxsackie virus has already made its way around area schools, games were canceled at both Amsterdam and Gloversville in September. Many of the parents at the school say the kids do understand why the school made this decision.

"I think they really get it"said Rash.

"We thought that was the best thing to do, better to be safe than sorry" said Ronca.


Brooke Selby

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