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planned Catawba Ridge to play against Ardrey Kell.
But the school said the game was canceled due to an outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease among players on its football team.
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HFMD is a contagious viral infection common in children. This can cause painful sores in the mouth and skin rash on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet.
[CDC: Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease]
According to school officials, the disease is usually not serious and almost all infected people recover from seven to 10 days without medical treatment.
The disease could be spread through direct contact, which prompted employees to cancel the game.
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School officials say the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is aware of the hearth and all locker rooms, sports equipment, bathrooms and desks will be renovated.
This was Catawba Ridge's last game of the season. The school did not qualify for the playoffs as it was the first year of the team.
Many parents told Channel 9 that they understood why the game was canceled, but were still disappointed.
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