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HFMD cases on the rise in S'pore

There has been a growing number of cases of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) since April. There were 793 cases in the last week of May, a record high this year.

SINGAPORE: There has been a growing number of cases of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) since April, according to data from the Ministry of Health.

There were 793 cases in the last week of May, a record high this year.

As of June, there were more than 10 cases of HFMD at two childcare centres and one kindergarten -- where infection has persisted for more than 16 days.

The childcare centres said they have not seen new cases in the last two weeks, but they will continue to take preventive measures.

Those include hiring professional cleaning companies to disinfect the area and taking the children's temperature regularly.

The affected kindergarten is planning to close for more than a week from Thursday to stop the infection from spreading.

Parents said they are generally satisfied with the school's efforts.

One doctor said there is usually an increase in the number of HFMD cases in May and June.

Dr Philip Koh, a family physician at Healthway Tampines Clinic, said: "During the month of May and June, the climate is usually warmer, and when the weather is hot, the immune system tends to be a bit weaker.

“And so it is possible that during this time, the virus for hand, foot and mouth disease can be transmitted more easily." 

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