May 24, 2024

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Hand, foot and mouth disease infects over 100 children in Batangas

By Justine Rich Talusan

OVER 100 children in Batangas caught the highly-infectious Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD).  

The Department of Health (DOH) is investigating a report that more than 100 children were infected with HFMD  in San Pascual and Cuenca towns.

The Department of Health-Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) in Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) has already sent teams to schools and barangays in the affected municipalities to conduct an investigation.

Due to the HFMD outbreak, San Pascual Mayor Antonio Dimayuga has ordered the suspension of classes in the 15 villages in the town from October 18 to 21, where 150 children were reported to have caught the disease to pave the way for the conduct of disinfection.

Some of the affected villages were the Pook ni Kapitan, Pook ni Banal, Resplandor, Natunuan North, Antipolo, Mataas na Lupa, Samba, and Sto. Nino.

The Cuenca Municipal Health Office also reported 33 confirmed cases in six barangays.

According to DOH Officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire, HFMD can be transmitted through droplet transmission from infected persons, open wound lesions or even fecal matter.

She said the DoH has yet to find the source of the outbreak of HFMD and are investigating the cause.

HFMD is a contagious viral infection that commonly affects young children and is characterized by sores in the mouth and rashes on the hands and feet. It is different from Foot and Mouth disease, which affects livestock and does not infect humans.

HFMD is transmitted through droplets or direct contact with nasal discharges, saliva, feces, and fluid from the rashes of an infected individual.

DOH-Calabarzon  Regional Director Ariel I. Valencia said they have started with active case-finding, sending specimen to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine in Metro Manila to determine the causative agent.

Valencia advised parents to teach their children protective habits like frequent hand washing and wearing a mask to prevent catching the disease.