Wednesday, 19 July 2017

HFMD peak period approaching

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Singapore is approaching a peak period in the hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) cycle, according to researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS).

“The hand, foot, mouth disease comes in cycles, so we can see that every two to three years, we will have a big outbreak. This year, we are also coming to the peak period, where the virus will re-emerge and cause an outbreak,” said Dr Justin Chu of the university’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology on Monday (Jul 17).

However, the number of cases this year is unlikely to surpass the more than 41,000 cases recorded last year, Dr Chu added. According to the Health Ministry, there have been more than 17,000 cases of HFMD this year as of Jul 1, compared to more than 23,000 in the same period in 2016.


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