22 Feb '12, 12pm

Hand, foot and mouth disease on the rise

Hand, foot and mouth disease on the rise

SINGAPORE: There has been a significant increase in the cases of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD). Latest figures from the Ministry of Health show 815 new cases last week, up from the some 690 cases the previous week. This brings the total number of cases this year to 3,457. A childcare centre in Bedok -- Sunflower Childcare -- has had a few cases of HFMD over the past few days. This got some parents concerned. But most parents Channel NewsAsia spoke with said they are confident of the precautionary measures the childcare centre has in place. So far, the Ministry of Health has identified five childcare centres with more than 10 HFMD cases and a transmission period of more than 16 days, as of February 22. Childcare centres and kindergartens with more than 16 cases must be closed for 10 days. Pat's Schoolhouse is currently closed from 15 February 2012 to 24 February 2012....

Full article: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews...

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