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Thursday 20 October 2022 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Health, National
Director of Hospital Health Services, Dr Yin Yin May. 22090829
There has been a total of 22 cases of the disease reported since August
In October, only three cases were reported, and from August 1 to
September 30, 19 cases were reported.
oldest case has been a 12-year-old and the youngest has been a one-year-old.
According to Dr May,
the definition of an HFMD outbreak is three or more cases of the disease
detected within one week at the same facility, which has not occurred.
She said people had
followed instructions by staying home when they were infected by the disease.
Dr May previously
said the signs and symptoms of the disease presented were similar to
She said it’s a
common mild and short-lasting viral infection that most often affects young
It can uncommonly
affect adults and tends to be more severe in the elderly, immunocompromised,
and pregnant women.
It is characterised
by blisters on the hands, feet and in the mouth.
incubation period of HFMD is three to five days but has been known to range
from two to seven days.
The disease symptoms
are lesions on the dorsal and palmar surfaces of the hands and feet.
The progression is
from flat pink patches to small, elongated greyish blisters. Within a week,
these peel off leaving no scars.
Small vesicles and
ulcers also occur in and around the mouth, palate, and pharynx.
Dr May said there was
no specific treatment for the disease.
However, she said the
blisters should not be ruptured and be kept clean.
should also remain hydrated and antiseptic mouthwashes can help relieve pain.