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Hand, foot and mouth disease reported in 10 parishes

Published:Friday | October 2, 2015 | 10:08 PMStaff Reporter
Only schools in the parishes of Trelawny, Hanover, Manchester and Clarendon have not been affected by the Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease so far.

In the latest update from the Ministry of Health all parishes with the exception of four have been affected by the Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD).

In a joint press conference with the Ministry of Education, Minister of Health, Dr Fenton Ferguson disclosed that as of yesterday there were 313 reported cases of HFMD from a total of 98 schools.

Only schools in the parishes of Trelawny, Hanover, Manchester and Clarendon have not been affected.

Most of the cases reported were from schools in St Catherine which had 153 cases reported from 38 schools.

Kingston and St Andrew had reports of 67 cases from 20 schools and St Thomas came in will 39 cases from 11 schools.

Portland and St Ann share a combined caseload of 30 from 19 schools.

Westmoreland reported four cases and St James two.

In the Southern region, St Elizabeth reported six cases from two schools.

Eleven schools have been closed due to the outbreak.

“The Ministry of Health has heightened its surveillance system islandwide to ensure that cases are reported in a timely manner.

Each day data and information are being submitted with analysis to carry out activities islandwide,” Ferguson said.

The health minister has pointed out that not all the cases of HFMD are current and in some instances schools reported cases from a month ago.

Ferguson said that the Ministry of Health and the Parish Health Departments have been taking action to address the outbreak.

He outlined that the parish health departments have been doing their investigations and follow up actions in the affected schools.