A nine-month-old boy died in hospital Monday in eastern Malaysia, bringing the death toll of the hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) to seven in Sarawak state.
The baby was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Sibu Hospital last Thursday, State Deputy Chief Minister George Chan said.
In the last 24 hours, Sarawak reported 158 new HFMD cases, bringing the total number to 4,278, with 31 new admissions and 89 HFMD patients still in the wards, Chan told reporters Monday.
He advised parents to send their children to hospital timely if their children showed symptoms like fever of over 38.5 degree Celsius, rashes on hands, feet and mouth and painful mouth ulcers.
The children who had succumbed to the disease are usually admitted under stressful conditions, said Chan, noting that those who come early for treatment could be more likely to survive.