KUCHING: A kindergarten in Miri was ordered to close for two weeks because of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) as 40 new cases were reported throughout Sarawak yesterday.
Tadika Perpaduan in Tudan was served with the closure order on Friday, becoming the seventh kindergarten to be shut in the last two months.
A primary school in Padawan here was also closed for two weeks last month. The number of HFMD cases in the state has now reached 13,145.
Miri division reported the highest number of new cases yesterday with 10, followed by Kuching (nine) and Sibu (eight).
Seven children were admitted to hospital in Miri, Mukah and Sibu, bringing to 19 the number of patients currently warded. No one was reported to be critically ill.
In Kuala Lumpur, Health Minister Datuk Dr Chua Soi Lek said parents should be more concerned about hygiene to tackle the disease.
They should take it seriously as it (HFM) is a very infectious disease, he said yesterday.
He added that parents and teachers should stop infected children from going to school.
The ministry, he said, had sent its Deputy Minister Datuk Dr Latiff Ahmad and parliamentary secretary Lee Kah Choon to Sarawak to assess the situation.
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