35 schools report cases of the hand, foot and mouth disease
The number of schools identified with Hand, Foot and Mouth disease continues to rise.
The Ministry of Health says the figure has now moved up to 35.
Health Minister, Dr Fenton Ferguson, says Regional Health Authorities have so far reported cases in the parishes of Kingston and St Andrew, St Thomas, St Catherine, Portland and St Ann.
It is against this background that Ferguson is urging school administrators to make an immediate report to the Medical Officers of Health in their parish or to the Health Department if they suspect that there may be cases of Hand, Foot and Mouth disease in their school.
He says it is recommended that schools regularly clean and disinfect areas to reduce the spread of the disease.
Ferguson is also appealing to parents to remove their children from school until they have fully recovered to prevent transmission to others.
The health minister notes that the health ministry has prepared and made available to schools guidelines on managing the Hand, Foot and Mouth disease.
Hand, foot, and mouth disease is a common childhood illness caused by a virus.
Symptoms include fever and a blister-like rash affecting the palms of the hands and soles of the feet along with blisters inside the mouth.