As of today, 19 students at Princeton University have been seen at the school’s health center for hand, foot and mouth disease, a school spokesman said.
“University Health Services staff have advised the students affected to take precautions to avoid the spread of the disease,” Princeton University Spokesman Martin Mbugua said. “Additionally, building services staff have been doing extra cleaning in common access areas in all residence halls.”
Hand, foot and mouth disease, a viral illness, can cause painful sores inside the mouth, and skin rashes on hands or feet, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website. The disease most commonly affects children under the age of five. Some adults who are affected have no symptoms. The disease can be passed on through close contact, coughing, or sneezing. In rare instances, extreme cases of the disease can lead to viral meningitis.