Wednesday, June 14, 2006

49 New HFMD Cases Detected In Sarawak, 11 Hospitalised

KUCHING, June 13 (Bernama) -- Eleven children were hospitalised as at 10am Tuesday after the health authorities detected 49 new cases of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) in Sarawak.
Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr George Chan said none of the cases was serious.
He said 13 cases were reported in Miri, followed by Sibu with seven and Kuching and Limbang with six each while Bintulu had four.
With the latest figures, the HFMD infections since the outbreak in Sibu in February had increased to 10,454, with Sibu recording the highest number at 2,526, followed by Miri (1,919), Kuching (1,353), Bintulu (1,299), Sarikei (913), and Mukah (757), he said in a statement here.
Twenty-six children were being treated in hospitals, he added.
He said the number of children warded since the outbreak was 2,096, with Sibu recording 649, Bintulu (295), Miri (264), Sarikei (238), Kapit (150), and Mukah (128).
The disease had claimed 10 lives so far.

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