According to the latest statistics from the Ministry of Health of Singapore, the number of cases of hand-foot-mouth disease in Singapore has been increasing since 2009. As of March 14, a total of 3302 cases of HFMD had been found in Singapore, an increase of 20% over the same period in 2008.
According to the evening of the 23rd Asian News Station in Singapore, 88% of the newly discovered cases of hand-foot-mouth disease in 2009 were children under the age of 12, and only 8% were adults over the age of 21. Since March to May of each year is the high incidence period of hand-foot-mouth disease in Singapore, relevant parties need to maintain high vigilance against hand-foot-mouth disease.
Statistics also show that the number of new cases of hand-foot-mouth disease in Singapore in the first 10 weeks of 2009 exceeded that in the same period of 2008. From the 8th to the 14th of this month, the number of new cases of hand-foot-mouth disease in Singapore was 511, which exceeded the warning level of about 400 new cases per week for the first time. Most of the cases were caused by the highly infectious enterovirus 71.
Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) is an infectious disease caused by enterovirus type 71, which is more common in children under 10 years of age. The symptoms after infection are mainly rosette spots and papules on the mouth, hands and feet skin, accompanied by fever. Enterovirus71 can attack the brain and heart, cause complications and cause death.
A few years ago, Singapore had an epidemic of hand-foot-mouth disease caused by enterovirus 71, which caused the death of many children.