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HFMD: KB school ordered closed
Published on: Sunday, July 15, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: A preschool in the Kota Belud district has been ordered to shut down for 10 days after 18 of its pupils were found to have hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD).

Sabah Education Department director Datuk Maimunah Suhaibul said the students were in the same preschool class in SK Kiau. "The students were sent for treatment after we discovered that they were suffering from the disease.

"The preschool was shut down as well," she said.

Apart from the 18, four primary school students in the same school were also infected by the disease.

"The four primary school students have been instructed to rest and recuperate at home.

"The primary school has not been shut down," Maimunah said.

In June, it was reported that almost a thousand cases of HFMD had been recorded in Sabah for the first half of 2018.

State Health Department director Datuk Dr Christina Rundi said there was an increase of about 27pc in cases compared to the same period in 2017.

SJK(C) Cheng Hwa in Papar was closed for two weeks after a district health office diagnosed several pupils with HFMD in June.

Though not fatal, HFMD can bring excruciating pain to children. Raw, white ulcers can fill their mouth cavity making them unable to eat.

HFMD is infectious, especially among children in daycare centres and kindergartens.

The virus spreads when it comes in contact with saliva, blisters and stools of patients, and most of the infections are mild with symptoms of fever and blisters on the hand, foot, mouth and tongue.

Almost all patients with HFMD recover without treatment in seven to 10 days.

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