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Schools urged to report all Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease cases

Published:Monday | October 31, 2016 | 10:33 PM
In this October 2015 file photo a parent shows rash which had developed on her child's feet.

Amid an increase in instances of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease in three parishes, the health ministry is urging school administrators to report any cases to their Parish Health Departments.

Increase cases of Hand Foot and Mouth Disease have been reported in Kingston and St Andrew as well as St Catherine.

The health ministry says school administrators can also request assistance from the Health Departments in their parishes if they believe they may have a case of the disease in their school.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health says it is providing information on the disease so that parents and schools are equipped to take the required actions to reduce the spread of the virus.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr Winston De La Haye is reminding parents to keep infected children at home for at least seven days as the disease is highly contagious.

He also says school administrators should regularly clean and disinfect areas where young children frequent.

Children can become infected with the virus from other children through close contact, such as hugging, or sharing cups and eating utensils, contact with faeces as well as other contaminated objects and surfaces.

There is no vaccine to prevent the disease.

However, simple steps like regular hand washing and practicing good hygiene can help reduce the risk of infection.