IPOH – There is no case of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) reported among children at two kindergartens near Tanjung Malim, says Perak Health Department director Datuk Dr Juita Ghazalie.
She said employees from the Batang Padang Health Office had interviewed the operators of the kindergartens involved and found there was no report on the case.
“Three children were found to be absent and we contacted their parents and were informed that they were not infected with HFMD,” she said when contacted by Bernama today.
She said this in response to the report that 17 children at two private kindergartens in Taman Bernam, Tanjung Malim, were allegedly infected with the disease and that one of the them was admitted to a private hospital here, while the rest were referred to Slim River Hospital.
HFMD is caused by coxsackie virus A16 and entrovirus 71 which could be deadly if not properly treated. The disease is mostly spread via contact with the saliva, blister fluid and faeces of the infected children especially in nurseries and kindergartens. – BERNAMA