Kindy to close for two days, pupils show HFM disease symptoms


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 05 Feb 2005

SUBANG JAYA: A kindergarten in USJ has been advised to close for two days after the pupils showed symptoms of hand, foot and mouth (HFM) disease.  

Five cases of HFM were believed to have been recorded by the kindergarten in the past two weeks.  

Selangor state health director Dr Ang Kim Teng said the kindergarten operator had been advised to close the kindergarten on Monday and Tuesday.  

She said the closure would give the department more time to investigate the cases.  

“Together with the Chinese New Year break, the viral cycle should be broken,” she said. 

She said a health team was sent to check on the kindergarten pupils on Wednesday. 

“We sent a doctor and a health inspector. We did not find anyone with symptoms of HFM disease. We only found a child who was down with fever. Nevertheless, we’re monitoring the situation,” she said. 

The kindergarten principal said it would inform parents of the health department’s advice.  

However, she said they would still accept the children if the parents insisted on sending them over. 

“It’s at their own risk,” she said. 

She said the first case occurred on Jan 21 when a pupil came down with symptoms of HFM.  

Four more pupils showed symptoms later in the week.  

All the pupils have since recovered.  

The kindergarten is also a day-care centre and has 50 pupils. 

A parent said both his children who attended the kindergarten showed HFM symptoms. 

“On Jan 26, my four-year-old daughter had oral ulcers and blisters on her hands and legs,” he said at his house. “Two days later, my two-year-old son was down with fever and had ulcers and blisters as well,” he added. 

“The paediatrician I sent them to said they were infected by the coxsackie virus,” he said.  

The father, who came down with HFM symptoms on Thursday, said the paediatrician only conducted clinical examination on his children but did not carry out blood tests. 

Health Ministry disease control director Dr Ramlee Rahmat said it was premature for the paediatrician to conclude that the symptoms were caused by the coxsackie virus, as laboratory tests must be conducted first.  

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