Foot, mouth disease (HFMD) spike nationwide

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Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) is increasing nationwide, according Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin

Bernama quoted him saying, a total of 28,957 cases were recorded since January until Friday, compared to only 4,239 cases for the whole of last year, said Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

The increase was due to the ease of SOP restrictions and the reopening of businesses.

“There is a sharp increase, but it is expected, because last year, with the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO), we could not go out, now we can go out. As such, the HFMD cases will increase, (and now) we have returned to normal, this will happen.

“It is also a reminder to the public to take care of personal hygiene because for two years we have never thought of any disease, other than Covid-19,” he told reporters at an event today.

Khairy also advised the public to make use of the MySejahtera application.

With MySejahtera, “users can check how many cases are in the community.

“We control through announcements so that we know the hotspots. In MySejahtera we can see the hotspots of HFMD cases,” he said.


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