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UPDATED: 10:20, March 04, 2006
Malaysia closes 488 kindergartens to curb spread of disease
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The Malaysian Health Ministry on Friday ordered an immediate closure of kindergartens in the eastern Sarawak state following rising cases of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) among children.

The ministry decided to close 488 registered kindergartens in Sarawak for two weeks in order to cut off transmission of the disease effectively and to facilitate clean-up work at the premises, its minister Chua Soi Lek said.

Up to Feb. 18, there had been 942 reported cases of the HFMD this year, a sharp increase compared with 270 cases over the same period last year, Chua told reporters in the administrative center of Putrajaya.

Among the 942 cases, three children were feared to die of the disease, said Chua, adding that there was one more suspect patient killed by the HFMD recently.

Source: Xinhua

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