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Sunday, August 25, 2019

HFMD cases near 2,000 mark

ASIDE from dengue, cases of hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) continue to increase this year, the Department of Health (DOH) said.

The DOH – Epidemiology Bureau said there are already 1,867 recorded HFMD cases from January 1 to September 19, up 387.5 percent from 383 cases reported over the same period last year.

Majority of the cases were found in the Calabarzon with 23.9 percent; Western Visayas with 23.4 percent; National Capital Region with 12.4 percent; Cagayan Valley with 9.2 percent; and Northern Mindanao with 6.1 percent.

HFMD is a common infectious disease of infants and children, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

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)
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