Published Date: 2010-06-04 11:12:35
Subject: PRO/MBDS> Hand, foot & mouth disease - Singapore (02)
Archive Number: 20100604.1852
HAND, FOOT AND MOUTH DISEASE - SINGAPORE (02)
A ProMED-mail post
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International Society for Infectious Diseases
Date: Wed 2 Jun 2010
Source: Xinhua News Agency [edited]
Singapore's cases of hand-foot-mouth disease hit epidemic level
Singapore's cases of hand-foot-mouth disease (HFMD) crossed the
epidemic level of 679 to hit 706 last week [week of 24 May 2010],
local media reported on Wednesday [2 Jun 2010].
The spike in cases could be due to increased awareness and checks in
schools, local TV broadcaster Channel News Asia said.
The country's health ministry said the 2 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 .
HFMD usually infects children and infants. Symptoms include fever,
ulcers in the throat, and rashes on the hands and feet. HFMD is
spread from person to person by direct contact through the nasal
discharge, saliva, faeces, and fluid from the rash of an infected person.
[Although Singapore is not included in the MBDS region, PRO/MBDS has
been reporting HFMD cases from Singapore due to its geographical
proximity to the region. As of 23 Mar 2010, a total of 4269 HFMD
cases were reported from January to March 2010, a 15 percent increase
compared with 3705 cases in the same period of 2009 (see PRO/MBDS
posting Hand, foot & mouth disease - Singapore: RFI 20100324.0937).
According to the weekly infectious disease bulletin from the Ministry
of Health, Singapore, available at
as of 29 May 2010, a total of 10 401 cases were reported during 2010
compared to 8659 cases reported in the same period of 2009.
For a map of Singapore and its geographic relation to the MBDS
For the interactive HealthMap/ProMED map of Singapore with links to
other ProMED-mail and PRO/MBDS postings and surrounding areas, see
http://healthmap.org/r/00da. - Mod.YMA]