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HFMD affects thousands of kids

The Disease Control Department yesterday revealed that 34,834 children had suffered hand, foot and mouth disease between January 1 and July 20 but there was no serious outbreak or deaths.

The department's chief Dr Sophon Mekthon warned that the disease would still be an issue until next month, especially when children mingled with other kids at school and during the rainy season - with the most-at-risk group one to three-year-olds.

The provinces with the highest HFMD prevalence per 100,000 people are Trat (179.54), Rayong (165.33), Chiang Rai (120.51), Prachuap Khiri Khan (101.38) and Chanthaburi (99.95).

Following talk that some Bangkok schools had closed temporarily due to HFMD outbreaks, The Nation learn from a public relations official at Neeracha Suksak School that some kindergarteners had suffered HFMD and the school closed last week to disinfect the premises.

Classes will resume tomorrow, the official said.

Bangchan School (Pluam Witthaya Nusorn) deputy director Woraphot Inthawee said three students at the facility were diagnosed with HFMD but each case occurred days apart so there was no need to close the school.

The three pupils had fully recovered and returned to class while classrooms were cleaned as a precaution, Woraphot said.




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