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College Football Program Cancels Event Due To 5 Players Catching Hand, Foot, And Mouth Disease

West Virginia fans take in a big home game in Morgantown


The weird string of high-profile cases of hand, foot, and mouth disease in sports has hit college football. Five members of the West Virginia Mountaineers came down with the infection.

WVU was set to hold Fan Day tomorrow afternoon. Because of the disease, the event has been postponed.

West Virginia football put out a statement about the hand, foot, and mouth disease issue this afternoon.

From the school:

Fan Day with the Mountaineer football team set for tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. will be postponed and rescheduled if a later date becomes available.

Five cases of Hand, Foot and Mouth disease have been identified within the program. 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 is 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.

Athletic director Shane Lyons says the program plans to reschedule the event.

WVU did not disclose which players came down with the disease.

Earlier this summer, hand, foot, and mouth disease became part of the sports lexicon when Mets star pitcher Noah Syndergaard was diagnosed just after the All-Star break. Yankees pitcher J.A. Happ was also diagnosed with the disease last month.

Luckily, the disease, while very contagious, is not super serious. Recovery time can last over a week though. With two weeks until WVU's opener against Tennessee, it is unclear whether players could be at threat of missing time.

[West Virginia]