Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Hand, Foot And Mouth Disease Under Control In Sarawak

KUCHING, July 5 (Bernama) -- Despite the rising number of new cases of late, the hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) in Sarawak is still under control, Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam said Wednesday.
He said a total of 69 new HFMD cases were reported in the state Wednesday, the majority of them in the rural and suburban areas.
"It is true that the case graph is on the uptrend but at one time it was going downward. The ups and downs are normal," he told reporters here.
Dr Chan also said that he was still waiting for the results of an investigation into the death of a child in Miri, believed to be due to HFMD.
He said the results were expected to be known this week before follow-up action could be made.
As of 10am Wednesday, 29 HFMD patients were receiving treatment at several hospitals in Sarawak, the largest number being in Bintulu. Of the 29 patients, 16 were new cases.
Hitherto, a total of 11,397 HFMD cases have been reported since the disease was detected last March, and the number of confirmed deaths due to HFMD is 11.

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