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Monday, April 26, 2010

Malaysia : Preschool closes to contain HFM outbreak

Via New Straits Times, hand foot and mouth (HFM) disease outbreak in Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia:

"Some 270 children were forced to skip classes after Tadika An-Najaah in Jalan Teluk Wanjah here stopped its operation for 10 days to prevent the spread of hand, foot and mouth (HFM) disease.

The kindergarten management came to the decision after two preschoolers were found to be suffering from the disease.

Another three were being monitored by state Health Department officers after they came down with fever and rashes, which are symptoms of HFM disease.I

t is learnt that all five preschoolers were responding well to treatment from a private clinic.State Health director Dr Marzuki Md Isa said the five had been quarantined at home.

Dr Marzuki praised the kindergarten management for its quick move to shut down temporarily to contain the disease.

"Parents should immediately send their children for treatment if they show any symptoms of the disease."

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