Singapore's cases of hand-foot-mouth disease hit epidemic level

08:58, June 03, 2010      

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Singapore's cases of hand-foot- mouth disease (HFMD) crossed the epidemic level of 679 to hit 706 last week, local media reported on Wednesday.

The spike in cases could be due to increased awareness and checks in schools, local TV broadcaster Channel NewsAsia said.

The country's health ministry said the two seasonal peaks are usually between March and May, as well as between October and November. It believed that the current situation is part of the seasonal trend. No severe case of HFMD has been reported so far this year.

HFMD usually infects children and infants. Symptoms include fever, ulcers in the throat and rashes on the hands and feet. HFMD is spread from person to person by direct contact through the nasal discharge, saliva, faeces and fluid from the rash of an infected person.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:王千原雪)

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