Health Advisory for the Forest Grove Campus Community

Pacific University Community Members,

The university has become aware of seven recent cases of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease on the Forest Grove Campus. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the illness is very common and caused by a virus that can be transmitted through casual contact.

Symptoms often include blisters and body rash, and flulike symptoms such as sore throat, fever, reduced appetite, body aches and general malaise. Those infected with the virus normally recover within 7 to 10 days, and do so without medical treatment. The virus rarely causes complications. There is not currently a vaccine available for Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease, and treatment options include oral pain relievers (e.g. Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen) and throat lozenges. 

Students who have an active rash or blisters should consult the Student Health Center, and employees should consult their primary healthcare provider and stay home until the symptoms clear.

Facilities Management has begun, and continues, to actively disinfect common areas throughout campus, including tables, chairs, doorknobs and handrails. Sanitizer stations are being set up throughout the common areas of campus as well.

Prevention and treatment tips for Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease can be found here. These include practicing good personal hygiene and wiping down common surfaces (e.g. tables, desks, lab spaces) before you use them.

Students or employees who have questions or concerns are encouraged to contact either the Student Health Center or Facilities Management. Thank you for your attention to this advisory.

Oct. 1, 2018