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Guangxi guards against overseas HFMD

By Pang Geping (People's Daily)

11:03, April 05, 2012

Edited and translated by Li Kunlun, People's Daily Online

Southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region is taking measures to prevent the spread of hand foot and mouth disease (HFMD) epidemic from abroad.

The death toll from the disease in Vietnam has risen to 11 since early this year. Starting from Apirl 1, Guangxi’s entry-exit inspection and quarantine bureau has strengthened medical inspection over people crossing the border, especially Vietnamese children, and will take immediate actions if any suspected cases are found.

Children under three years old are especially susceptible to break-outs of HFMD. The disease starts with a slight fever followed by blisters and ulcers in the mouth and rashes on the hands and feet. The HFMD virus is usually transmitted through digestive and respiratory systems or through intimate contact.

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