3-year-old dies; 2 more children found with hand, foot and mouth disease

Saturday, 11 January 2014 By  NNT

BANGKOK, 10 January 2014 The Ministry of Public Health has dispatched health officials to schools and communities where hand-foot-and-mouth disease was reported on Thursday. Meanwhile a kindergartner in Bangkok has succumbed to the disease. 

According to the ministry, 2 more children have been diagnosed with the disease. Their conditions were not serious. The school with the outbreak has been ordered to close for 6 days so clean-up can commence. School staff have also been asked to check for disease symptoms among the students. If any child is found with fever and vesicle-type skin lesion, he/she must be isolated from other children and the Department of Disease Control notified. Health officials said people should wash their hands regularly to prevent disease contraction.

3 people lost their lives to the disease in 2013, out of a total of 44,594 patients. The strains found in Thailand can cause complications such as brain stem encephalitis, abnormal heart function, and heart failure.

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