8,652 HFMD cases in state, fifth highest

Johor is ranked fifth among the states with a high cumulative number of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) cases since January 1 until July 29, this year.

State Health and Unity Committee chairman, Ling Tian Soon said a total of 8,652 cases were reported during the period, an increase of 81.6 times compared to 106 cases for the same period last year.

He said the other states that recorded a high number of cumulative cases were Selangor with 35,575, Perak (13,487), Federal Territories (13,434) and Sarawak (8,727).

“This increase has been projected to happen this year due to relaxation of the standard operating procedure and in line with the rise in cases in Malaysia. However, the situation is still under control.

“This is proven by the significant decrease in the trend of HFMD cases reported in Johor starting from the Epidemiology Week (ME) 22/2022 until ME30/2022,” he said in a statement, here, today.

Ling said most of the HFMD cases in Johor involved children under the age of six, with 7,451 cases, followed by 1,033 cases among those aged seven to 12 and the rest were aged over 13.

He said the district of Johor Baru recorded the highest number of cases at 2,989, Kluang (1,119), Tangkak (888), Batu Pahat (887), Segamat (775), Kota Tinggi (690), Pontian (578), Muar (330), Kulai (269) and Mersing (127).

“Until now, only two active outbreaks of HFMD were reported in the state involving Johor Baru district,” he added. – Bernama

HFMD: Perak has recorded over 8,000 cases so far this year

Perak has recorded 8,032 cases of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) since the beginning of the year as of yesterday (June 8).

State Health, Environment, Science and Green Technology Committee chairman Mohd Akmal Kamarudin said of the total, 144 cases involved teenagers aged 12 and above.

He said 787 cases or 10.5 per cent of the cases involved primary school students aged seven to 12, while the highest number of cases was recorded involving the group under the age of seven, with 6,544 cases.

He said 222 cases were reported during epidemiological week 22 as of last Monday, which led to the closure of 188 childcare centres, either voluntarily or by the directive of the District Health Office (PKD), in accordance with the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases 1988 Act.

“The Manjung district recorded the highest number of kindergarten closures with 67 or 35.2 per cent followed by Kinta district with 53 kindergartens (28.2 per cent).

“The PKD routinely inspects all premises, and so far, more than 6,000 premises have been inspected,” he said after officiating the Kinta River Basin-Integrated River Basin Management (CBKRB-IRBM) Community Plan Draft Discussion Workshop here today.

Mohd Akmal said premises owners should always take care of cleanliness and hygiene, and not allow entry to any children who have symptoms of HFMD to prevent transmission to other children. – Bernama

HFMD: Child care centres should close even with only one case

The Kelantan government has suggested that child care centres in the state be closed should the premises record a case of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD).

State Local Government, Housing and Health Committee chairman Dr Izani Husin said this move was an initial step to prevent the disease from spreading.

However, he said the matter was subject to the assessment of the State Health Department (JKNK) on whether the premises should close or otherwise.

“HFMD cases in this state are still high with the cumulative number reaching about 5,200 people. To date, a total of 20 child care centres had been ordered to close, of which 15 have resumed their operations.

“We hope the people will continue to practice good hygiene and seek immediate treatment at hospitals or observe self-quarantine if their children are showing HFMD symptoms,” he said.

Dr Izani said this to reporters after officiating at the ground-breaking ceremony of the new Kota Bharu Medical Centre (KBMC) hospital building here today. Also present were JKNK director Datuk Dr Zaini Hussin, KBMC chairman Tan Sri Ahmad Kamarulzaman Ahmad Badaruddin and general manager Mohd Nazri Yaacob.

The construction of the 12-storey hospital building with a 200-bed capacity will involve a cost of RM250 million.

On the recent monkeypox outbreak in several countries, Dr Izani said the state government advised the public to maintain cleanliness and hygiene.

“This disease may spread through contact with an infected person or animal. The prevention method is similar to the standard operating procedures for COVID-19. This means that if we are sick, we have to quarantine ourselves so that we do not infect others,” he said.