Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Two Selangor kindies closed due to HFM

Star: SHAH ALAM: Two kindergartens in Selangor were ordered to close temporarily after 11 students came down with hand, foot and mouth disease (HFM) last week.
One of thekindergartens is located in Shah Alam (six cases) and the other in Sri Damansara (five cases), according to Selangor state executive councillor in charge of health Datuk Dr Lim Thuang Seng.
“The Health Department had disinfected the two kindergartens,” he said.
Dr Lim added the HFM virus was common, with the state registering 980 cases last year.
In the first six months of this year, there were some 200 cases.
Cleanliness was crucial, said Dr Lim, who directed kindergarten operators to keep their premises clean.
“Teachers and parents must also be alert to the symptoms. Look out for ulcers in the mouth as well as rashes on the hands and legs,” he said.
“Keep a sick child home. Sending him to school will help spread the virus.”

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