Kindergarten closed over HFMD

  • Nation
  • Friday, 21 Jul 2006

KUCHING: Sarawak has closed another kindergarten because of hand, foot and mouth disease. 

Sedidik Muara Tebas here was ordered to close for two weeks from Wednesday, becoming the third kindergarten to be shut in the past two weeks. Early last week, two kindergartens in Miri were ordered to close after five HFMD cases were detected in their premises. 

Also last week, Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr George Chan had said the state was experiencing a “second wave” of the disease. 

He added that any kindergarten or pre-school with two or more suspected cases would be closed for two weeks to prevent the disease from spreading further. 

Meanwhile, 61 new HFMD cases were reported throughout the state yesterday with nine children admitted to hospital. 

Miri division had the highest number of new cases with 22 cases, followed by Kuching (17) and Sibu (8), Dr Chan said in his daily update on the disease. 

The cumulative total of cases now stands at 12,285 while a total of 2,452 children have been admitted to hospital so far. 

At present, 17 HFMD patients remain warded.  

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