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)