Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng advised the public, via the ministerial announcement issued on Friday (March 22), to keep an eye out for the outbreak of hand-food-and-mouth disease (HFMD) in young children during the hot season, and to follow the advice of the ministry.
HFMD is an infectious disease with following symptoms: fever, painful mouth ulcers, as well as blisters and a rash on the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet.
It is contagious and is transmitted by direct contact with bodily fluids of the afflicted. Good personal hygiene, especially often washing one’s hands with soap and water, is a prophylactic measure for children and their caretakers recommended by the Ministry of Health (MOH).
Cases of HFMD in children under the age of 5 have been reported to the MOH and some cases are so serious that the children require hospitalization.
Minister Bun Heng warned that if the child also has dangerous signs such as exhaustion, convulsions, or respiratory tract symptoms, it must be taken the nearest hospitals ASAP.
“We encourage all people to comply the ministry’s advisory to protect the babies and the family.”
In 2017, the MOH also warned the public about this disease. While the HFMD is a mild ailment, with most patients being able to recover within seven to 10 days without treatment, there are also rare cases where the disease can develop serious complications affecting the nerve and respiratory systems.