Via the Centre for Health Protection, a news release: Kindergarten-cum-child care centre with HFMD outbreak advised to suspend classes. Excerpt:
C&MA Tin Chung Nursery School in Tin Shui Wai has been advised by the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health today (May 26) to suspend classes from tomorrow (May 27) for two weeks until June 9 following an outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) affecting 13 pupils.
The affected pupils, comprising six boys and seven girls aged 3 to 6, have developed symptoms of HFMD, including oral ulcers as well as rashes and vesicles on their hands or feet, since May 7. All of them sought medical treatment. A 3-year-old boy was admitted to Tuen Mun Hospital. They are now in stable condition.
The nasopharyngeal aspirate of the boy tested positive for enterovirus 71 (EV71) upon laboratory testing by the Public Health Services Laboratory Branch of the CHP.
The school management has stepped up infection control measures according to the CHP's advice. The CHP has been closely monitoring the situation. In view of the fact that there were persistent cases, the school was advised to suspend classes for thorough disinfection to stop virus transmission.
The school has been put under medical surveillance.
HFMD is a common disease in children and is usually caused by enteroviruses such as Coxsackie viruses and EV71.