Hand, foot, and mouth disease children cases increased

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BANGKOK, June 12 (TNA) – The Department of Disease Control reported about 13,000 hand, foot and mouth disease cases since the beginning of this year while 85 per cent of these cases are small children.

The department’s director-general, Suwanchai Watthanayingcharoenchai said about the hand, foot and mouth disease situation in the rainy season that small children is a vulnerable group as they could contract the disease, transmitted through toys or things shared in schools or nurseries.

From Jan 1-June 4, there were 13,554 hand, foot and mouth disease cases. About 85.8 per cent of the patients were aged below five years old, according to the official figure.

He advised children should be told to wash their hands before meal and after using toilets. Schools are instructed to sanitize the place and toys or equipment shared among students. Infected children must stay home until they are fully recovered. (TNA)