KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 26 – A class at Sekolah Rendah Taman Tun Dr Ismail 2 here was ordered to close and all 36 students to take a break for 10 days after four pupils were infected with the hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD).
Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory Education Department official contacted today confirmed that four HFMD cases were reported involving Year Three boys in the school.
“According to the notice issued by the Kepong District Health Department, only the classroom involved was closed from yesterday. The notice of closure, was to allow cleaning and disinfecting works to be carried out besides ensuring that other students are not infected,” he said.
Meanwhile, a Bernama check at the school found school activities were taking place as usual with the school management also confirming that all the pupils from the class were on holiday, starting today.
On Wednesday, Health Ministry director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said there was an increase of HFMD cases with 35,886 cases reported nationwide from Jan 1 until July 23.
According to him, 564 HFMD cases were reported nationwide on July 23. It was recently reported that health inspectors investigating the spread of the HFMD in Penang narrowed it down to the supermarket trolley.
The HFMD virus was found on the handlebars of the trolleys and on child ride equipment in supermarkets. HFMD spreads by contact with nasal discharge, saliva and faeces, and fluids from the blisters of an infected person.
A person infected with HFMD is most contagious during the duration of the illness, with no known treatment available besides relief of symptoms such as fever, sore throat, mouth ulcers, rashes or lethargy. — Bernama