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Coxsackievirus strikes again, Amsterdam at Broadalbin-Perth football game postponed

Coxsackievirus strikes again, Amsterdam at Broadalbin-Perth football game postponed

Football game at Broadalbin-Perth called off because of a case of Coxsackievirus, which causes hand, foot and mouth disease, at Amsterdam High School
Coxsackievirus strikes again, Amsterdam at Broadalbin-Perth football game postponed
Amsterdam at Broadalbin-Perth football game indefinitely postponed

For the second time in Section II in two weeks, a football game has been postponed because of a confirmed case of Coxsackievirus, which causes hand, foot and mouth disease.

This time, it has affected the game that was supposed to send Amsterdam to Broadalbin-Perth for a cross-classification game scheduled for 7 Friday night.

A confirmed case of the virus at Amsterdam High School forced the postponement.

The two schools are left scrambling to find a make-up date for the game.

The Gloversville-at-Ballston Spa game scheduled for Sept. 7 was postponed because of two confirmed cases of Coxsackievirus involving a Gloversville player and a member of the Huskies' football staff.

They were able to play the game the following Monday, Sept. 10, after measures were taken to clean and disinfect the school that weekend to prevent the spread of the contagious virus.

"At this time, we have some issues that need to be taken care of while we try to iron out the schedule," Broadalbin-Perth coach Jim Pelneau said. "We're in limbo, between all the other sports that use that field.

"It's one of those things where it's out of the control of both teams. We want to play, and it's unfortunate that this happened, but all you can do is just roll with it."

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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