S’pore hand-foot-mouth disease hit epidemic level

June 3, 2010
Singapore Democrats

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Xinhua News

Singapore’s cases of hand-foot- mouth disease (HFMD) crossed the epidemic level of 679 to hit 706 last week, local media reported on Wednesday.

The spike in cases could be due to increased awareness and checks in schools, local TV broadcaster Channel NewsAsia said.

The country’s health ministry said the two seasonal peaks are usually between March and May, as well as between October and November. It believed that the current situation is part of the seasonal trend. No severe case of HFMD has been reported so far this year.