959 cases of HFMD detected in Penang

GEORGE TOWN: The number of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) cases in the state has increased by 8.4 times, with 959 cases reported from January to May 7 this year compared to 102 in the corresponding period last year.

State agrotechnology and food safety, rural development and health committee chairman Dr Norlela Ariffin said during the period, 54 HFMD clusters were reported compared to only seven in 2021, a 7.7-fold increase.

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