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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Hong Kong : Outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease under CHP investigation

Press release from CHP :

" The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is today (July 3) investigating an outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) at a kindergarten cum child care centre in Tseung Kwan O, and hence appealed to the public to maintain strict personal and environmental hygiene to prevent HFMD.

The affected 21 pupils, comprising 14 boys and seven girls aged from 2 to 5, have developed fever, oral ulcers, and rash or vesicles on their hands or feet since May 19.

Seventeen of the affected pupils sought medical consultation but none of them have required hospitalisation. They are all currently in a stable condition.

The stool samples of one of the affected pupils tested positive for Coxsackie virus A6.

Officers of the CHP have conducted a site visit and provided health advice to the staff. The school has been put under medical surveillance."

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