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Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease now in 53 schools

Published:Wednesday | September 30, 2015 | 5:29 PM

THE NUMBER of schools affected with hand, foot and mouth disease has skyrocketed from 27 on Tuesday to 53


In the wake of the outbreak of this contagious disease, health authorities are reminding parents to keep children with hand, foot and mouth disease at home to reduce its spread in schools.

The South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) yesterday reported that 11 schools in Kingston and St Andrew; 18 in St Thomas and 24 in St Catherine have been hit with the disease. Four additional schools are being investigated in Kingston and St Andrew and another nine schools in St Catherine.

At the same time, the health departments are continuing their surveillance to identify new cases, and are working with the schools to ensure that these facilities are properly disinfected.

Public-health officials are also carrying out health education activities.

A child with the disease is most contagious during the first week of illness, said health officials, noting that it is important to keep infected children away from the school population for at least seven days.