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Hand, foot and mouth disease outbreak in Malaysia: 6 things you need to know about the disease

Hand, foot and mouth disease outbreak in Malaysia: 6 things you need to know about the disease

(THE NEW PAPER) - A 17-month-old boy from Penang has become Malaysia's first fatality due to hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD). The boy died on June 6 and laboratory tests done on tissue samples from the boy confirmed that his death was because of the disease. This comes after five schools in Malaysia were ordered to close for 10 days last Wednesday (July 25), following an increase in the number of HFMD cases nationwide. Since January, 39,174 cases of HFMD have been recorded throughout the country. Here are six things you need to know about the disease. 1. WHO DOES IT AFFECT? HFMD is most common among babies and children under the age of five. However, it is possible for older children and adults to contract HFMD as well. The illness tends to be more severe in adults. People who have had HFMD develop an immunity to the particular strain of HFMD that infected them. Howeve...

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