KOTA KINABALU: The Hand, Mouth and Foot Disease (HFMD) remained prevalent in Sabah with the number of cases going up to 2,611 as of Monday but the State Health Department is closely monitoring the situation to cap the figure to a plateau and ultimately reduced.
Health Director, Datuk Dr Christina Rundi said at the moment a total of 24 nurseries, classrooms and schools were shut down due to HFMD outbreaks.
According to her, the State Capital has the highest number of cases with 564 followed by Beaufort with 393, Penampang with 258 and Sandakan with 221.
“Yes, there is still an increase but we want to keep the figure to stay at a plateau and go down,” she said when met after officiating at the State-level World Breastfeeding Week celebration at the Federal Administrative Complex Multi-purpose Hall here, today.
There were also cases involving children below age of two, which she said was due to infection from their older siblings.
Towards this end, Dr Christina advised the public not to bring their sick child to a crowded area as it poses risk of infection to other children in the vicinity.
“This is our advice that we normally give to the public,” she said.
HFMD is a common infection caused by a group of viruses, which typically begins with a fever and feeling generally unwell followed a day or two later by flat discolored spots or bumps that may blister, on the hands, feet, and mouth, and occasionally buttocks and groin.-SabahNewsToday