WVU Fan Day postponed for virus
MORGANTOWN — Fan Day with the West Virginia University football team scheduled for Sunday was postponed following an outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) among some members of the team was discovered.
Five cases of HFMD were identified, a www.wvusports.com release said.
Hand, foot and mouth is a mild but highly contagious viral infection that is very common among children but can spread to adults. The virus usually goes away on its own in a period of less than a week, and there is no specific treatment, just steps to ease the symptoms.
Because it is highly contagious, it was in the best interest of the general public to postpone the event. WVU’s medical staff continues to monitor the situation, taking proper steps to control the virus and communicating with the proper campus personnel.
“I know fans who were planning on attending Fan Day will be disappointed, but this is in the best interest of all involved,” Athletic Director Shane Lyons said. “Our medical staff is doing an excellent job of addressing the matter. However, there is no reason to put the general public at risk.”
A rescheduled date for Fan Day will be announced when available.