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Practice resumes for Ravenna football team after three players infected with contagious disease

Posted: 7:48 AM, Jul 30, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-30 11:48:46Z

Football players at Ravenna High School will resume practice on Monday after three players were confirmed to be infected with hand, foot and mouth disease last week.

The team took a whole week off after school officials confirmed on July 16 that players were infected with the highly contagious disease.

Coach Jim Lundardi also canceled the football camp at Mount Union. 

Symptoms usually take between three and seven days to appear, and the disease itself usually lasts about a week to ten days, the email said. It often resolves entirely on its own without treatment.

The first signs of the disease include: 

  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Feeling of being unwell
  • Painful, red, blister-like lesions on the tongue, gums and inside of the cheeks
  • A red rash without itching, but sometimes with blistering, on the palms of hands, soles of feet and sometimes the buttocks
  • Irritability in infants and toddlers
  • Loss of appetite