Sunday August 19, 2012
HFMD cases on the decline
By RINTOS MAIL
KUCHING: The number of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) cases in the state this week has decreased and remains below the outbreak and warning levels.
A statement issued by the state Health Department yesterday noted that the number of new cases reported from Aug 12 to 17 was 138, down by 32% from the 203 in the previous week.
It said most of the cases notified were from Kuching, Sibu, Miri, Kapit, Sri Aman and Saratok.
As at Aug 17, the cumulative number of cases was 10,794, it said.
The statement said the number of admissions reported was 26, down by 16.1% compared to the previous week.
Most of the admissions were from Sibu, Miri and Kuching.
The cumulative number of admissions as at Aug 17 was 1,048.
No closure order was served against any learning institution, however, parents are urged not to bring their children to school, or any crowded public places, if their children show any HFMD symptoms.
Parents are also urged to ensure that a high standard of personal and environmental hygiene is maintained at home.
Children infected with HFMD must get medical attention early.
All schools and institutions are to continue daily screening of children upon arrival and to refer sick children for further assessment by medical practitioners.