Sinar Harian reported via Bernama
yesterday that there has been a spike in hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) cases since early last month in Johor. The disease can be transmitted
via direct contact with a surface containing traces of the virus, or unwashed hands. Children have the highest risk of contracting it.
According to State Health and Environment Committee chairman Datuk Ayub Rahmat, the state has recorded up to 1,448 cases from January until June, and that the district with the most cases is Johor Baharu with 641 cases and Kluang with 236 cases.
He advised parents and guardians to not bring their children to public places, schools, nursery or kindergartens if they develop symptoms. These children should also get early treatment from the doctor.
Earlier this week, Straits Times reported
that our Health Ministry has put the country under the "alert level" due to the rise of cases, with Selangor, Johor and Kuala Lumpur topping the list.
HFMD symptoms you should be aware of:
- Fever and sore throat
- Poor appetite
- Painful, red blisters in the mouth
- Red rash on hands and the soles of the feet