Pattaya mayor pushes mop to wipe out hand, foot, mouth disease

Friday, 25 July 2014 From Issue Vol. XXII No. 30 By  Surasak Huasoon

More than 1,000 young Pattaya children were given checkups and city officials cleaned floors to help prevent new outbreaks of hand, foot and mouth disease.

Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome led the July 16 “big cleanup day” at Wat Chaimongkol Nursery School, with a medical team from Pattaya Hospital, staff from the city Public Health Department and officers from the Surveillance and Rapid Response Team.

Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome grabs a mop and scrub brush to help wash the floor in front of the Wat Chaimongkol Nursery School, as more than 1,000 young Pattaya children were given checkups and city officials cleaned floors to help prevent new outbreaks of hand, foot and mouth disease.Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome grabs a mop and scrub brush to help wash the floor in front of the Wat Chaimongkol Nursery School, as more than 1,000 young Pattaya children were given checkups and city officials cleaned floors to help prevent new outbreaks of hand, foot and mouth disease.

Medics checked 1,089 kids for the virus and other ailments and, afterward, kids and adults cleaned the school, which saw the mayor pushing a mop.

Teachers and administrators also were shown proper hand-washing techniques and other tips to prevent the spread of hand, foot and mouth disease, which primarily attacks children.

Medics checked 1,089 young Pattaya children to help prevent new outbreaks of hand, foot and mouth disease.Medics checked 1,089 young Pattaya children to help prevent new outbreaks of hand, foot and mouth disease.

Hand, foot, and mouth disease is a common viral illness that usually affects infants and children younger than 5 years old. However, it can sometimes occur in adults. Symptoms include fever, blister-like sores in the mouth, and a skin rash. The disease is caused by viruses that belong to the Enterovirus group, which includes polioviruses, coxsackieviruses, echoviruses, and enteroviruses. The current outbreak is caused by Enterovirus 71.

A serious nationwide outbreak in Thailand killed two and infected more than 17,000 in 2012.

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