It includes a list of the names of childcare centres and kindergartens that have more than 10 HFMD cases.
Centres that have had an outbreak are required to close for 10 days to break the chain of HFMD transmission.
Read on to find out more about HFMD so you can help prevent the spread of the disease.
What is Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease?
HFMD is a common childhood viral infection that is caused by a group of enteroviruses, most commonly the Coxsackie virus.
Those suffering from HFMD usually show symptoms such as a fever, sore throat, ulcers on the inside of the mouth or sides of the tongue, and rashes or small blisters on the palms, soles of the feet and buttocks.
The disease has an incubation period of three to five days and although both adults and children can be affected, children below the age of five are more susceptible.
How does it spread?
It’s spread through contact with the nasal discharge, saliva, faeces or fluids from the rash of an infected person.
Can it be treated?
There is no treatment for the disease, though medication can be prescribed to relieve the symptoms.
There is also no vaccine for HFMD.
How to minimise the spread?
Parents who suspect their child may be suffering from HFMD should head to the clinic early.
Inform your child’s school so they may take precautions and disinfect their premises and inform other parents.
Keep your child at home until the symptoms disappear.
While recuperating, keep your other children apart to minimise the risk of spreading the infection.
Disinfect all toys and surfaces that come in contact with nasal or oral secretions.
Ensure that everyone in the family washes their hands thoroughly after visiting the toilet and before any meals.
Cover the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing and do not share food or other items during the duration of the illness.