Via the Centre for Health Protection: CHP investigates three outbreaks of hand, foot and mouth disease. Excerpt:
The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is today (November 16) investigating three outbreaks of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) at two secondary schools in Wan Chai District and Central and Western District, and a kindergarten on Lamma Island, and hence appealed to the public to maintain strict personal and environmental hygiene.
The first case involved a secondary school in Wan Chai District affecting 19 male students and a staff member. The affected students, aged from 11 to 17, have developed fever, rash and vesicles on their hands or feet, as well as oral ulcers, since October 23. All of them sought medical attention while one student required hospitalisation and has been discharged.
The nasopharyngeal swab of the hospitalised student tested positive for enterovirus (EV) by the hospital.
The second case involved a secondary school in Central and Western District affecting 25 male students. The affected students, aged from 14 to 17, have developed similar symptoms since October 31. All of them sought medical attention but did not require hospitalisation.
The third case involved a kindergarten on Lamma Island affecting 23 pupils. The affected pupils, 10 boys and 13 girls aged from 3 to 5, have developed similar symptoms since November 4. All of them sought medical attention but did not require hospitalisation.
All of the affected persons are now in a stable condition.
Officers of the CHP have conducted site visits and advised the staff of the schools on necessary infection control and preventive measures. The schools have been put under medical surveillance. Investigations are ongoing.