Via the Centre for Health Protection: CHP investigates hand, foot and mouth disease outbreak at residential child care centre. Excerpt:
The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is today (June 23) investigating an outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) at a residential child care centre in Causeway Bay, and hence appealed to the public to maintain strict personal and environmental hygiene.
The affected persons comprise of 26 children, 15 boys and 11 girls aged from 9 to 35 months, and a staff member. They have developed fever, oral ulcers and rash on their hands or feet since June 14. All of those affected sought medical attention, while three children were admitted to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital for management and two of them have been discharged. They are all currently in stable condition.
The rectal swab of an affected child tested positive for enterovirus (EV) upon laboratory testing by the CHP's Public Health Laboratory Services Branch.
Officers of the CHP have conducted a site visit and advised the staff of the residential child care centre on necessary infection control and preventive measures. The centre has been put under medical surveillance. Investigations are ongoing.
"HFMD is common in children and is usually caused by EVs such as Coxsackie virus and EV71. It is clinically characterised by maculopapular rash or vesicular lesions occurring on the palms, soles and other parts of the body such as the buttocks and thighs. Vesicular lesions and ulcers may also be found in the oral cavity. Sometimes patients present mainly with painful ulcers at the back of the mouth, namely herpangina, without rash on the hands or feet," a spokesman for the CHP explained.