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Coxsackievirus cases force Gloversville, Ballston Spa to postpone football game

Coxsackievirus cases force Gloversville, Ballston Spa to postpone football game

Gloversville player, staff member contract Coxsackievirus, which causes hand, foot and mouth disease
Coxsackievirus cases force Gloversville, Ballston Spa to postpone football game
Gloversville at Ballston Spa football game postponed indefinitely

Friday's varsity high school football game between Gloversville and Ballston Spa was postponed after a Gloversville player and a member of the team's coaching staff came down with Coxsackievirus.

The Gloversville Enlarged School District announced Friday there were two confirmed cases of the virus, which is contagious and causes hand, foot and mouth disease.

Saturday’s 10 a.m. junior varsity game was also postponed.

The district will be cleaning and disinfecting the high school this weekend to reduce the possibility of the virus spreading.

“I don’t know much about it, and I hate to speculate, but our administration will reach out to the proper people, because everything’s got to be cleaned, from the school to the locker room to the equipment to make sure it’s up to the proper code,” Gloversville head coach Jared Bongo said.

“I feel bad for their kids and ours, but you have to put your best foot forward to ensure the health and safety of everybody.”

“It’s a health issue,” Ballston Spa head coach Ray Toohey said. “From our perspective, I feel for the kids, because they had a great week of practice and were looking forward to getting back on track after a tough loss. What a deflator.”

With the fall schedule already set and crowded, neither coach had much idea when the varsity and JV games could be made up.

“It’s a great question. … I don’t know,” Bongo said. “Maybe play on a Monday? It’s up in the air, and their administration and ours will sit down and see when we can make it up.”

Friday's game was supposed to take place at Ballston Spa.

Coxsackievirus can cause fever, headache and muscle aches, and small blisters may appear on the feet, hands and mouth.

New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard was diagnosed with hand, foot and mouth disease in July, shortly after he had returned to the lineup from a finger injury.

A week later, New York Yankees pitcher J.A. Happ was diagnosed with the same ailment.

Reach Gazette Sportswriter Mike MacAdam at 518-395-3146 or [email protected]. Follow on Twitter @Mike_MacAdam.

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