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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Hong Kong : Public urged to prevent hand, foot and mouth disease

Via Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection :

" The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health today (November 15) called on people to maintain strict personal and environmental hygiene to prevent hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD).

The appeal followed an outbreak of HFMD at a childcare centre in Wan Chai affecting 20 children aged between 1 and 4.

Those affected, comprising eight males and 12 females, have developed oral ulcers, fever, vesicles and rash on hands or feet since November 3.

None required hospitalisation. All affected children are currently in a stable condition.

The stool specimens from two affected children tested positive for enterovirus.

Staff of the CHP have conducted a site visit and provided health advice to the staff.

HFMD is a common disease in children and is usually caused by enteroviruses such as Coxsackie viruses and EV71."

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