Three kindies closed over HFM

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 14 May 2009

PETALING JAYA: Three kindergartens in Kuala Lumpur have closed for several days following cases of hand, foot and mouth disease.

Health Ministry Disease Contol director Datuk Dr Hasan Abdul Rahman said the kindergartens, which volunteered to temporarily close their premises. were in Taman Desa (three cases detected), Bandar Manjalara (three cases) and Bangsar (five cases).

He said the kindergartens had done their part by identifying students with symptoms and informing the ministry.

“The disease is endemic here and related to personal hygiene,” he added.

If children showed related symptoms, parents are advised to seek medical attention, he said. The affected children should avoid going to public places and schools until the blisters on their skin healed, which would take about a week, he added.

The SK Sri Mega in Taman Overseas Union had one suspected case, according to its headmistress Pok Mee Chin. Pok said she was informed the child was absent from school.

On teachers advising students to wear masks and gloves, she said students did not have to do that. “We advise them to wash their hands,” she said.

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