Four nurseries in Melaka closed amid epidemic

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  • Wednesday, 25 Jul 2018

MELAKA: Four nurseries in Mela­ka have been temporarily closed this month due to the hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) outbreak, says state Health and Anti-Drug committee chairman Low Chee Leong.

He said the four premises are in Alor Gajah and Melaka. Both towns have each recorded 10 cases of HFMD.

Low said the four nurseries were closed between July 3 and July 17.

He said 1,280 cases of HFMD were reported until July 21, with the highest number totalling 583 cases reported in Melaka Tengah, where 80% of those affected were children below the age of seven.

Low added that various measures had been taken by the Health Dep­artment to contain the spread and raise awareness among the locals.

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