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Friday, March 2, 2012

Singapore : HFMD cases spike to record levels

Via Yahoo News, excerpt :

" More youngsters in Singapore have been afflicted with hand, foot and mouth disease recently as the number of cases has risen beyond the epidemic level for the second time in two years.

The number of new incidents reported to the Ministry of Health (MOH) increased to 993 for the week up to 29 February, above the epidemic threshold and more than that of the previous week.

Last year, the total number of cases in January and February was 1,627, as compared to the sharp spike to 4,449 cases which occurred in same period this year.

Children who have contracted the virus suffer from fever, sore throat, rashes, mouth ulcers, poor appetite, lethargy and small blisters on the palms of their hands, soles of feet, or buttocks.

Pat's Schoolhouse, a childcare center in Serangoon, was forced to close down for ten days on 15 February as a precautionary measure."

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