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Monday, April 16, 2012

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

Press release from Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection :

" The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health today (April 16) 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 kindergarten-cum-child care centre in Tuen Mun affecting 20 students aged between 2 and 5.

Those affected, comprising 13 males and seven females, have developed oral ulcers, fever, vesicles and rash on their hands or feet since March 18.

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

Stool specimens collected from two children tested positive for Coxsackie virus."

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