Melaka records decline in HFMD cases

MELAKA: Cases of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) in the state have declined by 40 or 20.7% as of mid August, said Melaka Health Committee chairman Low Chee Leong.

Low said the total number of HFMD cases had dropped from 193 recorded cases in the 32nd week to 153 in the 33rd week of this year.

“Since January 1 to Aug 18, there were a total of 2,119 HFMD cases reported in the state and 14 premises, mainly nurseries and kindergartens, were ordered to close in the state for disinfection,” he said.

He said statistics revealed that over 90% of the cases involved children under the age of six.

Low added the various preventive measures and campaigns on HFMD had been taught to 1,168 operators and teachers of nurseries and kindergar­tens in the state.

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