Monday, June 19, 2006

New HFM cases dropping

Star: KUCHING: The number of new hand, foot and mouth (HFM) disease cases dipped to one of the lowest since the outbreak sparked four months ago.
There were only 22 new cases yesterday, down from 31 on Saturday and 38 on Friday.
Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam said in a statement that six of the new cases were reported in Samarahan division, five in Miri and four in Limbang.
Kuching and Sibu divisions had two new cases each while Sri Aman, Sarikei and Bintulu had one each.
Dr Chan said the total number of cases in the state to date was 10,632 with 10 deaths.
He added that the number of children warded for HFM had dropped to 13. These included five new admissions yesterday.
Last week, Dr Chan said the HFM outbreak could be declared over by this week because fewer new cases had been reported.

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