Eight school classes in Odesa have been closed for quarantine. More than 30 percent of school students in these classes are sick with Coxsackie virus, a highly contagious respiratory disease. Olena Buynevych, the director of the city hall's department for science and education said so as quoted by UNN news agency.
"More than 30 percent of students in these classes are sick with acute respiratory diseases, which include cases of cases and Coxsackie virus", the official said.
She urged the parents to keep the children away from schools in case they have any symptoms of acute respiratory diseases.
The symptoms are basically the same as flu; the key difference is the rash on the palms, in case of the Coxsackie virus.
Coxsackievirus is a member of a family of viruses called enteroviruses. Enteroviruses are made up of a single strand of ribonucleic acid (RNA). The enteroviruses are also referred to as picornaviruses (pico means "small," so, "small RNA viruses"). They are present all over the world and spread by fecal-oral route. About 90% of infections don't cause symptoms or present with a fever only. Infants and young kids are particularly susceptible to symptomatic coxsackie.