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Rise in HFMD cases

SHANGHAI has recorded 3,315 more cases of hand, foot and mouth disease in the past 11 days, bringing the total this year to 18,235.

No further deaths have been recorded since the government's last report on May 16, government spokesman Chen Qiwei told a news briefing yesterday.

Three children, all from migrant workers' families, have died this year,

Chen said the local situation regarding hand, foot and mouth disease was controllable and in line with the national picture.

By Thursday, 114 children were deemed serious cases, 90 of them migrant children. On May 16, the number of serious cases stood at 90.

Monitoring of local disease control and prevention centers showed that there had been no mutation of the two viruses responsible for the disease, Chen said.

According to a report by the Shanghai Health Bureau last Tuesday, over 90 percent of patients are under five years old. Children under three account for nearly 60 percent of cases.

Hand, foot and mouth disease is a preventable, controllable and treatable infectious disease, which is spread through saliva, blood and direct contact with infected people's belongings. The disease in most cases is mild and children can recover unaided in seven to 10 days.

Frequent hand washing and drinking water, not eating raw food, good ventilation and sunshine can help protect children from infection.


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