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      Five cases of hand, foot and mouth disease in Cortland schools

      School officials in Cortland are reporting five cases of hand, foot and mouth disease among students.

      Superintendent Michael Hoose says there have been five cases in the last three weeks district wide. None of the cases are in the same school building.

      Hoose says he would not call this an outbreak, and says letters were sent home to parents.

      According to the CDC, hand, foot, and mouth disease is a common viral illness that usually affects infants and children younger than 5 years old. It can sometimes occur in adults. Symptoms include fever, blister-like sores in the mouth and a skin rash.

      Hand, foot and mouth disease is often confuse with foot-and-mouth disease (also called hoof-and-mouth disease), a disease of cattle, sheep and swine. The CDC says the diseases are caused by different viruses and are not related. Humans do not get the animal disease, and animals do not get the human disease.