CASES of hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) in the Philippines rose more than three-fold in the first eight months of 2015 compared to the same period last year.
According to the Department of Health (DOH), a total of 1,561 HFMD cases were reported from January 1 to September 5, up 336 percent from 358 cases in 2014.
Most of the cases were from Region 4-A with 23.6 percent; Region 6 with 21.1 percent; Metro Manila with 13.9 percent; Region 2 with 10.4 percent; and Region 10 with seven percent.
HFMD is a common infectious disease of infants and children.
The illness is characterized by fever, painful sores in the mouth, and a rash with blisters on hands, feet and also buttocks. It usually begins with a fever, poor appetite, malaise, and frequently with a sore throat.
There is no specific way to prevent the HFMD infection, but the DOH said practicing good hygiene can help in decreasing risk of transmission. (HDT/Sunnex)