Eastern Malaysia to check primary school pupils for HFMD

All primary school students in grade four to six in an eastern Malaysian state will be screened for the hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) on Monday, local media reported.

Health department personnel in Sarawak will check those students from 1,265 primary schools across the state after the week-long school break, State Deputy Chief Minister George Chan said.

Schools where more than two pupils are found to have the disease or symptoms will be immediately closed, Chan was quoted as saying by the New Straits Times.

For pupils in grade one to three, the vulnerable group to the HFMD, they have been given an extended holiday and will return to class on March 27, said Chan on Sunday.

He added, the number of new reported cases remained stable and the number of admissions to hospital remained low during the past week.

Only 49 of the 174 new patients reported Sunday were admitted to hospitals, said Chan, adding that among the 96 children still hospitalized, two were seriously ill, including a three-month-old baby and a two-year-old girl.

Ever since the HFMD outbreak in Sarawak early this year, eight children have died, all aged under four.

Source: Xinhua

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