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Sarawak Braces for HFMD

on 15 Julai 2009.

Sarawak Braces for HFMD

KUCHING, July 14 (Bernama) - Despite the steep rise in the number of cases reported in the first six months this year, the hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) in Sarawak is still under control, Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr George Chan said Tuesday.

He said the number of HFMD cases reported this year had jumped to 8,205 cases compared to 2,428 cases last year.

"Based on the cycle of the HFMD outbreak, which occurs every three years in the state, it is predicted another outbreak may strike again this year.

"We hope the number of HFMD cases will continue to go down. Parents must take the disease seriously and practice good hygiene to reduce the transmission," he told reporters at a press conference here.

Dr Chan, who is also the state Natural Disaster and Relief Committee chairman, said there were few serious cases reported but no death this year.

He said HFMD, especially the EV71 virus, was very dangerous and could cause death. The EV71 virus killed more than 30 children in 1997.

"Early detection and treatment can save the child's life," he said.

The sentinel surveillance programme conducted by the Sarawak Health Department and Institute of Health and Community Medicine, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas), had found an outbreak of HFMD every three years in Sarawak - 1997, 2000, 2003, and 2006.

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