A TOTAL of 1,053 cases of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) have been recorded between June and October 2008, according to a press statement from the Ministry of Health yesterday.
The ministry would like to remind the public to maintain good personal hygiene and stay vigilant in taking steps to prevent HFMD. The steps are:
Maintain a good personal hygiene. Wash hands with soap and clean water after using the toilet, before preparing or taking meals, after a diaper change and after doing household chores.
Restrict the access of infected children to crowded areas like markets, shopping complexes, swimming pools and others.
Prevent children who are infected from going to school for the purpose of keeping the virus from other students.
Children are advised not to have close contact with those who are infected.
The ministry would also like to inform and advise the public, especially parents, to send their children to the hospital if they show signs of contracting the virus and develop severe complications such as weakness, loss of appetite, vomiting, jerky movements, paleness, fever (38 degree celsius or more), and laboured breathing as well as accelerated heart beats.
The Ministry of Health said it will continue to monitor the situation. The monitoring of HFMD in Brunei has been carried out since 1999 and was heightened in 2003. For more information about Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease, the public are advised to call the national healthline on 2381967. (JQR1)
The Brunei Times
Friday, November 7, 2008
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