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New Straits Times https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2018/07/392112/hfmd-penang-worsening-over-2000-cases#cxrecs_s
– July 18, 2018
GEORGE TOWN: The hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) in Penang is worrying, with over 2,000 cases reported as of today.
According to statistics by the state Health Department, 2,082 cases were reported as of 12pm, an increase of 93.5 per cent at 1,076 cases reported last year.
Thirty-two premises were ordered to close down for cleaning purposes, including seven primary schools, six pre-schools and 11 kindergartens.
The Straits News https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/hand-foot-and-mouth-disease-outbreak-in-malaysia-6-things-you-need-to-know-about
JUL 31, 2018, 10:03 AM SGT
(THE NEW PAPER) – A 17-month-old boy from Penang has become Malaysia’s first fatality due to hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD).
The boy died on June 6 and laboratory tests done on tissue samples from the boy confirmed that his death was because of the disease.
This comes after five schools in Malaysia were ordered to close for 10 days last Wednesday (July 25), following an increase in the number of HFMD cases nationwide.
Since January, 39,174 cases of HFMD have been recorded throughout the country.
Here are six things you need to know about the disease.
The Straits News https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/weekly-hfmd-cases-hit-record-high-this-year
AUG 16, 2018, 5:00 AM SGT
1,249 cases reported from July 29 to Aug 4; pre-schools told to take preventive measures
The weekly number of cases of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) here has climbed to a record high this year, along with slightly more cases from the strain that caused the death of two children in Malaysia recently.
The 1,249 cases of HFMD reported in Singapore between July 29 and Aug 4 – the latest publicly available statistics as of yesterday – are the highest number reported in a week this year.
It is also almost 1 1/2 times the 868 cases reported at the same time last year.
The Straits News https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/new-test-promises-to-pick-up-hfmd-cases-before-symptoms-show
AUG 21, 2018, 6:59 PM SGT
SINGAPORE – Scientists from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have found a way to identify children with hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) from just a few drops of saliva, even before symptoms show.
They hope to eventually make HFMD test kits commonplace in pre-schools and childcare centres so cases can be picked up early to prevent the disease from spreading.
They will first have to test the kits on a larger group of children and get approval from the Health Sciences Authority for their use here.
Sourced from Vietnam News https://vietnamnews.vn/life-style/463227/hand-foot-mouth-disease-in-children.html#0KT6eiujs0JWPISj.97
Viet Nam NewsBy Dr Nguyễn Trung Hà*
What is it?
Hand Foot Mouth Disease (HFMD) is a highly contagious infectious disease caused by Coxsackie virus (A16) and Enterovirus 71 (EV71). In Việt Nam, HFMD occurs throughout the year, but the peak season is from March until May and September to December. Children can get HFMD at all ages but children below 3 years are more susceptible, as they have not developed immunity against the virus.
Is HFMD the same disease as foot-and-mouth disease in animals?
Despite similar names, these two diseases are completely unrelated and caused by different viruses. Humans cannot get the animal disease and animals cannot get HFMD.
This document demonstrates the incidence of Enterovirus reported by APNES member organizations from January 1, 2018, through July 31, 2018.
Download : 2018 Enterovirus Surveillance Biannual Report (Jan – July)
Sourced from http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-04/26/c_137138574.htm
BEIJING, April 26 (Xinhua) — More than 140,000 people have been infected with hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) and six died from the disease in China this year, according to China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
As of April 20, a total of 141,978 cases had been reported, with six deaths and 581 in critical conditions. The disease incidence rate was lower than the same period of last year, the CDC said in a statement.