MALAYSIA has recorded 57,510 cases of hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) involving children aged six and below from Jan 1 until May 25. Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar said the 24-fold increase was reported in Kuala Lumpur (KL) and Putrajaya during the period, with an alarming level in April this year. Khairy noted that the spike in HFMD cases is factored by movement after the reopening of social activities, schools, and negligence in terms of maintaining the hygiene among parents and the kids’ guardians.
To mitigate this, he said the Health Ministry (MoH) is imposing several measures including early detection by school authorities, raising awareness among parents and advising them to avoid bringing children to high-risk areas and spreading it to others. - BERNAMA
Symptoms of hand, foot, and mouth disease usually include fever, mouth sores, and skin rash commonly found on the hands, mouth, and/or feet. Hand, foot, and mouth disease is common in infants and children younger than 5 years old. Most children have mild symptoms for 7 to 10 days.
1. Fever and flu-like symptoms
Children often get a fever and other flu-like symptoms three to six days after they catch the virus.
Symptoms may include:
- Eating or drinking less
- Sore throat
- Feeling unwell
- Other symptoms may appear over the next few days.
2. Mouth sores
One or two days after the fever starts, your child may get painful mouth sores (herpangina). These sores usually start as small red spots, often in the back of their mouth, that blister and can become painful.
Signs that swallowing may be painful for your child:
- Not eating or drinking
- Drooling more than usual
- Only wanting to drink cold fluids
3. Skin rash
Your child may get a skin rash on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. It may also show up on the knees, elbows, buttocks, or genital area. The rash usually looks like flat, red spots, sometimes with blisters. Fluid in the blister and the resulting scab that forms as the blister heals may contain the virus that causes hand, foot, and mouth disease. Keep blisters or scabs clean and avoid touching them.
Date of Input: 28/03/2022 | Updated: 22/06/2022 | aslamiah
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