Now this is downright creepy:
It is a painful disease that normally affects children, but in recent months, it has popped up at U.S. universities outside of the Bay Area.
It is called hand, foot, and mouth disease, and two Florida universities and the University of Illinois have reported up to three dozen cases in the last couple of months.
KRON4 spoke with an infectious disease expert at UC Berkeley who says he is not surprised.
Hand, foot, and mouth disease looks like this–blisters so painful you can’t walk or pick up anything. It also can come with a fever.
According to the National Institutes of Health, about 200,000 people in the U.S. get the disease each year, but Dr. Fenyong Liu, an infectious disease expert at UC Berkeley, says a lot more than that carry the viruses associated with the disease.
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When I was in college, I fell victim to shigellosis spread by contamination in the dining hall. I was sick as a dog for several days.
One possible factor in the spread of hand, foot, and mouth disease is the toxic brew of vaccines given to our kids. Their immune systems are quite different from those of their grandparents.
Is it possible that the "tailored immunity" the vaccines create for them is leaving holes through which formerly controlled infectious organisms can pass? I would not be surprised.
And the more people there are, the more hosts viruses and bacteria can inhabit. They gotta eat, too.