Weekly cases of HFMD hit four-year high in S’pore

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  • Saturday, 21 May 2016

SINGAPORE: Weekly cases of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) have hit a four-year high, according to figures from the Ministry of Health (MOH).

There were 1,317 cases reported last week, the highest since mid-April 2012, when 1,387 cases were reported in a week.

Earlier this month, the MOH said that it is working with its partner agencies to step up vigilance and preventive measures in response to a rise in the number of HFMD cases.

There have already been 15,579 cases this year, a 40% increase from the 11,117 cases reported during the same period last year.

Two childcare centres and kindergartens were earlier required to close this year, but none are currently closed because of HFMD, according to latest updates on the MOH website.

Symptoms of HFMD include fever, sore throat, rashes on the hands and feet and mouth ulcers.

To minimise the spread of HFMD, high standards of hygiene should be observed by children and adults.

Any child exhibiting HFMD symptoms should also be kept away from school and crowded public places and be given medical attention early. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network

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