23 Feb '12, 1am

Hand, foot and mouth disease cases in Singapore at epidemic levels

Hand, foot and mouth disease cases in Singapore at epidemic levels

Closed: The Serangoon centre of Pat's Schoolhouse was forced to close for 10 days from last Wednesday after more than 16 of its pupils came down with HFMD. -- ST PHOTO: WANG HUI FEN By Poon Chian Hui The number of cases of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) surged past epidemic levels last week for the first time since 2010. Some 815 children came down with this viral infection, far more than the 780-a-week mark indicating the onset of an epidemic. Two weeks ago, 686 children fell sick, surpassing the warning level of 603. Background story Spike in cases Some 815 children fell sick last week - above the 780-a-week mark that indicates the onset of an epidemic Cases in the first seven weeks of this year: 3,457 Cases in the first seven weeks of last year: 1,383 Latest on watchlist Cherie Hearts in Mountbatten The Little Skool-House International in Tampines Mulberry Learning...

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