05 May '12, 12am

Hand, foot and mouth disease cases hit all-time high, but the strain is a mild one, says Health Ministry

Mr Mohd Izkhar Rahim sanitising the premises of Ascension Kindercare on Friday evening. The childcare centre, which was forced to stay shut for 10 days after one in six children there fell ill, reopens on Monday. -- ST PHOTO: MUGILAN RAJASEGERAN By Salma Khalik, Health Correspondent A record-high number of children - 1,590 - came down with hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) for the week ended April 28. The number of infections diagnosed weekly has stayed above what is considered the 780-cases-a-week epidemic level for almost three months. But although several children are warded at KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH), none of them is critically ill. The HFMD strain now circulating in Singapore is a mild one, said a spokesman for the Ministry of Health (MOH). Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus. blog comments powered by Disqus

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