PETALING JAYA: Most states except Sarawak have shown an increase in the number of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) cases in 2018 compared with last year.
From Jan 1 until July 23, 35,886 HFMD cases were reported nationwide, said Health Ministry director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic) in a statement Tuesday (July 24).
There was a 64.2% increase in the number of HFMD cases for the week of July 15 compared to the previous week of July 8, he said.
Dr Noor Hisham added that 469 premises nationwide have been closed, including 217 nurseries, 223 kindergartens, a few classes from 27 schools, and one school each in Penang and Pahang that have been closed completely for the time being.
Given that the number of HFMD cases has exceeded the alert threshold, he said the Health Ministry organised a meeting to discuss ways to combat the disease on July 19.
The meeting was between different agencies involved in monitoring nurseries, kindergartens and primary schools, he added.
Dr Noor Hisham said the Education Ministry, Social Welfare Department, National Unity and Integration Department, and Housing and Local Government Ministry have agreed to work together with the Health Ministry on the matter.
Measures to be taken include organising awareness campaigns, ensuring clean environments, and disinfecting the environment after school or daycare sessions.
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