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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Malaysia : New HFMD cases shoot up two-fold to 109, says Health Department

Via The Star, excerpt :

" The number of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) cases in the state rose sharply on Monday to more than double that of Sunday. It went from 44 new cases to 109 new cases on Monday, according to data from the state’s Health Department’s HFMD Ops Room.

The dramatic increase was believed to be due to cases that were detected with the opening of school after a one-week break.

“The increase may be due to the fact that most of the clinics as well as child care centres were closed during the weekend and therefore, the majority of cases were only detected on Monday,” it said.

The rise was observed here as well as in Samarahan, Sri Aman, Betong, Sarikei, Bintulu, Miri and Limbang. Mukah and Sibu, however, saw a drop in cases, while Kapit had no new cases for the past three consecutive days.

As of Monday, the department had detected 3,297 cases in the state with 240 admissions. There are no serious cases and no death due to HFMD have been reported so far. Two schools here and one in Bintulu were served with closure orders on Monday. They were Taska Dirumah Mimi Satok and SK Semerah Padi here, and Tadika Methodist in Bintulu."

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