Re­port cases of hand, foot and mouth dis­ease

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT -

THE MIN­ISTRY of Health is urg­ing school ad­min­is­tra­tors to re­port any case of hand, foot and mouth dis­ease to their par­ish health de­part­ments. School ad­min­is­tra­tors can also re­quest as­sis­tance from the health de­part­ments in their re­spec­tive parishes if they be­lieve that they may have a case of the dis­ease in their school.

This comes in light of an in­crease in re­ports of cases of hand, foot and mouth dis­ease in Kingston and St An­drew, as well as St Cather­ine. In the mean­time, the Min­istry of Health is pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion on the dis­ease so that parents and schools are equipped to take the re­quired ac­tions to re­duce the spread of the virus.

Chief Med­i­cal Of­fi­cer Dr Win­ston De La Haye is re­mind­ing parents “to keep in­fected chil­dren at home for at least seven days as this dis­ease is highly con­ta­gious. School ad­min­is­tra­tors should reg­u­larly clean and dis­in­fect ar­eas, es­pe­cially places where young chil­dren fre­quent.”

Chil­dren can be­come in­fected with the virus from other chil­dren through close con­tact, such as hug­ging or shar­ing cups and eat­ing uten­sils, con­tact with fae­ces as well as other con­tam­i­nated ob­jects and sur­faces. There is no vac­cine to pre­vent the dis­ease. How­ever, sim­ple steps like reg­u­lar hand­wash­ing and prac­tis­ing good hy­giene can help re­duce the risk of in­fec­tion. In­di­vid­u­als who wish to ob­tain more in­for­ma­tion on hand, foot and mouth dis­ease may call the Min­istry of Health at 1-888-ONE-LOVE (1-888663-5683) or the par­ish health de­part­ment. Per­sons may also visit the web­site at


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