Noah K. Murray

When you were young, not much could hurt you. One thing, however, made it a bit harder to play baseball with your buddies. Decades later, it’s back, and this time, it’s coming for adults.

The Comeback No One Asked For

For a select few, hand, foot, and mouth disease sounds like slang to describe verbal accidents. Unfortunately, several people can only get chills down their spine seeing this disease’s name pop up. HFMD starts off with a fever, but it can grow into visible blisters on select body parts.

Recently, this disease has seen an increasing number of incidents in Tennessee, Virginia, South Carolina, and Indiana. “We’ve been seeing it all summer and a little bit of an uptick in the last week or two,” doctor Keith Tolar told WUSA.

Subway Series Sickness

The infection got back into the public’s eye due to New York Mets pitcher, Noah Syndergaard, contracting it. During the All-Star break, the 25-year-old worked with kids at a local baseball camp.

Unfortunately, he wasn’t the only baseball player to get the infection. New York Yankees left-hander, J.A. Happ, got HFMD a week after Syndergaard. Both teams played each other around the time of Syndergaard being temporarily put on the shelf. Fortunately, Syndergaard had a sense of humor about this whole ordeal. Over on Twitter, the Mets player shared a link to Happ’s story with the caption, “The trade no one predicted.”

Stay Near A Sink

Should you be frightened about getting HFMD? You don’t have to worry much as any doctors believe you’ll do just fine avoiding it.

Washing your hands after making contact with children can help reduce the risk. Since this infection only arrives around the summer and fall, you’ll only have to be aware for another few months.