Friday’s game between Seymour and Derby at the DeFilippo Complex in Derby has been postponed due to an outbreak of a coxackie virus — commonly known as hand-foot-and-mouth disease — to four members of the Derby football team, school superintendent Matt Conway said Tuesday.
The school was informed of the outbreak on Monday morning, Conway said, and its custodial crew took immediate steps to disinfect Derby’s building and its athletic facilities, especially “everything the players came into contact with, from the bus to the field house and the locker rooms,” Conway added.
“Because we were notified quickly, we were able to respond first thing Monday morning and take appropriate action to limit exposure,” Conway said. “The cancellation of the game was just one step in the process.”
The coxackie virus, according to WebMD, causes sores in or on the mouth, hands and feet and is common to children, but is known to affect adults. It is spread easily with contact, especially through coughing or sneezing. Symptoms last for approximately one week. The virus’ incubation period is about three to six says from infection, according to WebMD.
All after school activities were canceled Monday and resumed on Tuesday afternoon, Conway said. Seymour High School agreed with Derby’s request to postpone the game to the Naugatuck Valley League’s bye date sometime around the weekend of Oct. 20.
“I want to give a shout out to the sportsmanship displayed by Seymour Hough School for our decision to postpone the game,” Conway said. “They displayed great sportsmanship, period.”
A time and date has not been determined.
UPDATE: The game has been rescheduled for Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. at Derby.