At least 30 HFMD cases reported in one week

Posted: 14 May 2011 by reanxyz in Uncategorized

To abu

At least 30 HFMD cases reported in one week: Health ministry

Fitri Shahminan

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

AT LEAST 30 new cases of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) were reported during the last week, the Ministry of Health said yesterday.

The ministry said in a media release that the results from monitoring indicate that the number of cases observed since the beginning of this year “has increased periodically”.

The number of new cases reported was found to be “above the average number of cases for five years”.

Up until May 4, a total of 129 cases were recorded, with the majority of the cases or about 73 per cent involving children aged five and below, the ministry said.

All the cases for this year, however, only needed outpatient treatment, the ministry added.

HFMD is one of the common illnesses among infants and children. Symptoms include fever, poor appetite, non-itchy skin rash and often a sore threat.

Sores and ulcers are usually found on the tongue, gums and the inside of the cheeks.

The HFMD virus is transmitted from person to person by direct contact through unwashed, virus-contaminated hands and by contact with virus-contaminated surfaces.

There is no specific treatment for HFMD, however, management of the illness is mainly through the symptomatic relief from pain caused by fever, mouth sores, and joint aches.

Patients are advised to maintain adequate fluid intake to prevent dehydration (lack of body fluids).

The illness could also cause serious complications such as fatigue, loss of appetite, frequent vomiting, twitching motions, fever (a temperature of 38 degree Celcius and above), breathing heavily or strong palpitations of the heart.

With the increase in the number of cases, the ministry is reminding the public to regularly maintain good self-hygiene and clean surroundings while being vigilant in taking precautionary steps in preventing and reducing the risks of infection.

These steps can be taken through washing hands with soap and clean water after using the toilet, before preparing food and after changing baby diapers or any sort of household work; keeping infected children away from public places and crowded areas such as markets, shopping complex and swimming pools; keeping infected children away from the school to prevent the spread of HFMD infections.

Other steps also include limiting the physical interaction between the infected children and siblings; and cleaning and disinfecting any dirty surface and toys.

The ministry is also advising the public especially parents to bring their children to health centres and clinics or hospitals as soon as they show or develop the signs of infection of HFMD.

It would also continue to monitor the occurrence and trend of HFMD and from time to time inform the public on the development of the disease.

The Brunei Times

  1. reanxyz says:

    to abu
    another news abt HFMD
    have a shower before playing with your baby.. aha… not really sure if that is effective…

  2. abufarhi says:

    hehe the least i do is wash my hands and face plg before holding him

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