Sarawak posts nation’s highest number of HFMD cases


KUCHING: The state recorded the highest number of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) cases in the country from June 3 to 9, at about 436 cases or 39% of the nation’s total.

Health director-general Datuk Seri Dr Hasan Abdul Rahman said in a statement yesterday that there were 1,111 new cases of HFMD during that week, an increase of 132 cases compared to the previous week.

The state with the second highest number of cases after Sarawak was Selangor at 240 cases, Johor (92) and Kuala Lumpur (80). Other states reported less than 60.

“Most of the reported cases are mild. There are 138 cases being warded throughout the country during the 23rd EPID (Epidemiological) week for observation and rehydration,” said Dr Hasan.

From January to June 9 this year, 21,950 cases have been reported. So far, there has been no deaths due to HFMD.

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