Hand, FMD cases drop by 78 %

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AT LEAST 47 cases of hand, foot and mouth dis­ease in the Cordillera were recorded from Jan­uary to Oc­to­ber this year which is 78 per­cent lower than the 212 cases re­ported by the De­part­ment of Health dur­ing the same pe­riod last year.

DOH-CAR re­ported there was a lone fa­tal­ity due to hand, foot and mouth dis­ease who came from a nonCAR prov­ince this year com­pared to the no hand, foot and mouth dis­ease-re­lated death dur­ing the same pe­riod last year.

The re­port added the hand, foot and mouth dis­ease cases were from Baguio City with 14 or 29.8 per­cent of the to­tal num­ber of recorded cases fol­lowed by Benguet and Kalinga with eight cases each that ac­count for 16 per­cent of the to­tal cases each; Apayao – five cases or 10.6 per­cent; Ifu­gao – four cases or 8.5 per­cent; Abra - one case or 2.1 per­cent and non-CAR prov­inces – seven cases or 15 per

cent.

Health au­thor­i­ties re­vealed there were some 28 males who were able to con­tract the hand, foot and mouth dis­ease which rep­re­sent 59.5 per­cent of the to­tal num­ber of recorded cases from the dif­fer­ent parts of the re­gion.

The age range of the af­fected in­di­vid­u­als was from five months to 17 years old with a me­dian of 2 years old.

Geeny Anne Aus­tria of the DOH-RESU claimed there were lab­o­ra­tory con­firmed hand, foot and mouth dis­ease cases in the re­gion but there were no clus­ter­ing of the ill­ness re­ported in any part of the re­gion.

Hand-foot-and­mouth dis­ease, or HFMD, is caused by a virus. Symp­toms in­clude ul­cers, or sores, in­side or around the mouth, and a rash or blis­ters on the hands, feet, legs, or but­tocks. And while it is not pleas­ant, it also isn't se­ri­ous. Any­one can get the dis­ease, but chil­dren un­der age 10 are most likely to catch it.

Health of­fi­cials ex­plained that the viruses that usu­ally cause hand-foot-and­mouth are named cox­sack­ievirus a16 and en­ter­virus 71.

More­over, chil­dren can con­tract hand, foot and mouth dis­ease through con­tact with some­one who al­ready has the ill­ness, or from some­thing that has been in con­tact with the virus like a toy, ta­ble top, or door knob. It tends to spread eas­ily in the sum­mer and fall.

Among the symp­toms of hand, foot and mouth dis­ease in­clude fever and sore throat in younger kids and fever and de­creased eat­ing or drink­ing painful blis­ters sim­i­lar to cold sores can show up on the in­side of a child's mouth (usu­ally in the back por­tion of the mouth) or tongue.

Pa­tients might get a rash on the palms of his hands or the soles of his feet a day or two af­ter the first symp­toms ap­pear. This rash may turn into blis­ters. Flat spots or sores may pop up on the knees, el­bows, or but­tocks. He could have all of these symp­toms, or only one or two.

Mouth sores can make it hurt to swal­low, so be sure a child gets enough wa­ter and calo­ries.

Aus­tria ad­vised in­di­vid­u­als pos­sess­ing the afore­said symp­toms to im­me­di­ately seek med­i­cal at­ten­tion from the near­est med­i­cal fa­cil­ity for them to be ap­pro­pri­ately di­ag­nosed.

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