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City keeps a watchful eye on HFMD outbreak

THE city's incidence of hand, foot and mouth disease is higher this year compared with the same period last year, but most patients showed minor symptoms and there was no outbreak, the Shanghai Health Bureau said today.
HFMD usually affects children under the age of six. The bureau said it is closely monitoring the epidemic situation and it now well under control.
The city's incidence of HFMD is the same as elsewhere in China, which has seen an rising number of patients, but the overall situation is still stable, the bureau said.
Shanghai has enhanced prevention measures against the infectious disease and is aiming for zero death from HFMD.
The Fudan University Children's Hospital and Shanghai Xinhua Hospital have been designated to treat critical HFMD cases.


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