NONG BUA LAMPHU, 19 June 2014 – A daycare center in Nong Bua Lamphu province has been ordered closed for one week after children are at risk of contracting hand, foot and mouth disease.
Local administrative officials have been instructed to clean up and disinfect the the center’s amenities as well as belongings of children, following the HFMD outbreak.
A child in the care of the center has been diagnosed with HFMD recently. To prevent further spread of the disease, the local health office has suspended classes at the center. Currently, the center takes care of around 112 children from many communities nearby.
Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease is a common disease in infants and children and is spread through direct contact with the mucus, saliva, or feces of an infected person. It typically occurs in small epidemics in nursery schools or kindergartens, usually during the summer and rainy months.