You don’t need a blacklight to know that fraternities are gross places, rife with disease and grime. It seems like someone’s always sick in the house. But “Hoof and Mouth Disease,” which is known as “Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease” when people (not animals) have it, is a disease that makes even the realest of bros queasy.
What is “hand, foot, and mouth disease”? Well, it’s known as the Coxsackie virus, named after the town of Coxsackie, NY. You can read the feces-related history of the nomenclature here. What you really care about, though, is what it does. Essentially, you get a bad fever, followed by a huge breakout of painful blisters and lesions on your hands and feet, and in your mouth. It’s extremely contagious and somewhat painful. The Coxsackie virus also looks disgusting.
So when multiple FSU fraternity members from various organizations contracted the Coxsackie virus (hand, foot, and mouth disease), Florida State University Greek Life knew it was time to shut rush down. The last thing the school needs is a bunch of students running around with gross, painful blisters in their mouths and on their extremities.
Apparently, in addition to members of Greek life, the bartender at one of the more popular bars has it too. So everyone he’s served is potentially infected. Which is great.