Monday, August 25, 2008

Verge of Hand, Foot and Mouth Outbreak in Singapore

For parents who have kids in Singapore, it is wise to be on the alert for the Hand, Foot and Mouth disease. According to reports on Saturday, August 23, Singapore is on the verge of an outbreak. Figures of those who had the disease had gone up in the past weeks. Last week alone sees as many as 553 cases, and the week before was 415. Epidemic level is just short of 12 new cases, so last week's figures are very close.

Hand Foot and Mouth disease affects mostly children of ages 6 and below. Severe cases of HFMD has some child contracting meningitis, which affects the brain lining. This can be fatal to the child so a close watch is necessary if the child has fever.

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