West Virginia postpones Fan Day due to virus

FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2016, file photo, Youngstown State running back Martin Ruiz (29) scores a touchdown as West Virginia cornerback Rasul Douglas (13) attempts to stop him during the first half of an NCAA college football game, in Morgantown, W.Va. West Virginia has nine new starters on defense and has allowed an average of 434 yards per game. The Mountaineers don’t play this Saturday and are using the extra time to prepare for a Sept. 24 game against BYU in Landover, Maryland.(AP Photo/Raymond Thompson, File)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has postponed its Fan Day following an outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease among several members of the school’s football program.
The school said Saturday that five cases of the highly contagious viral infection were identified within the program.
The virus is common among children but can spread to adults, the school said in a release. It says the virus usually goes away on its own in less than a week.
The school says its medical staff is taking “proper steps” to control the virus.
The school says that because the virus is so contagious, it’s in the public’s best interest to postpone the Fan Day event that was scheduled for Sunday.
It says the event will be rescheduled if a later date becomes available.