The Education Ministry has confirmed that it has received “isolated reports” of the hand, foot and mouth disease across the island.
However, it says the Health Ministry, which has been monitoring the reports, has indicated that “there is no general outbreak of the disease.”
“Surveillance data indicate that there is no unusual number of cases in any area in the island,” the education ministry said in a statement today.
In the meantime, the ministry urged school administrators to take every precaution to prevent the spread of the disease and monitor their students for symptoms.
“The ministry will continue, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Wellness, to provide tips to prevent and manage the spread of the disease,” the statement said.
Symptoms and Signs
Fever and poor appetite, aches and pains (generally lasts for two days)
Blisters develop on hand, feet and in mouth
Rash appears as small red spots then develop into blisters
Young patients tend to drool and avoid swallowing as it may be painful
Very young patients may become dehydrated from refusal to drink
How To Lower The Risk Of Hand, Foot, And Mouth Disease
Wash hands often with soap and water, especially after changing diapers and using the toilet.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and soiled items, including toys.
Avoid close contact such as kissing, hugging and sharing eating utensils or cups with infected individuals.
Parents are urged to keep their children at home for at least seven days if they experience any of the symptoms.
Schools are asked to contact the parish health department if any child is found with symptoms of the disease.