LABUAN: The Labuan Health Department is on high alert for imported hand foot and mouth disease (HFMD) spreading to children in the duty-free island here.
Furthermore, the school term begins next month, department director Dr Ismuni Bohari said.
He added that over the years, a high number of HFMD cases reported in the island were imported cases.
“We are on high alert for imported HFMD cases after the school break.
“The department is issuing a reminder to kindergartens and childcare centres to be constantly alert for a possible outbreak,” he told Bernama.
Dr Ismuni said the outbreak may be due to a large number of children returning from Sabah next week for the start of the school year.
In the first six months of this year, a total of 246 cases were recorded, with less than 10 kindergartens and childcare centres ordered to close.
The Sabah Health Department recorded 940 HFMD cases and 30 statewide outbreaks up to May 19 this year, Dr Ismuni added. — Bernama
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