Materia Medica Malaysiana

June 29, 2006

Drastic Increase In New Cases Of HFMD In Sarawak

Filed under: Uncategorized — malaysianmedicine @ 8:57 pm

KUCHING, June 29 (Bernama) — The number of new cases of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) in Sarawak increased drastically to 71 yesterday.
Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr George Chan in his daily update Thursday said the highest number came from Kuching, followed by Bintulu, Miri, Sri Aman, Sibu and Betong.
“There are 11,062 cumulative cases,” he said, adding that 16 new hospital admissions were reported but there was no critically ill case.
For the past two months since the first HFMD case was detected in February, the number of new HFMD cases had been dwindling with an average of 30 to 50 cases per day.
Last week, a two-year-old boy from Marudi became the latest fatality of the HFMD outbreak in Sarawak, prompting the state goverment to put on hold its decision to declare the state HFMD-free.
The latest case brought the death toll to 11.

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