Several cases of Hand Foot and Mouth Disease at Livonia High School

There were a few Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease (HFMD) cases reported at Livonia County high school. Parents in Livonia were informed about the situation through a letter the school had sent to them.

In a video, News10NBC spoke with a girl who had been infected with HFMD, as she shared her experience being infected with the disease. 

Click here to watch the video. 

Source: http://www.whec.com/article/stories/s3945188.shtml (26 October 2015)

Deaths from HFMD Drop

Hanoi – There is a drop in the number of children who have died from hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD), but the risk of outbreak still remains this season, according to the Ministry of Health, Preventive Health Department. The country has recorded more than 34,300 HFMD cases in the first 9 months this year and there have been 5 deaths since. 

Source: http://vietnamnews.vn/society/277474/deaths-from-hand-foot-and-mouth-disease-drop.html (22 October 2015)

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease cases reported at New Caney Elementary

New Caney Elementary School in New Caney Independent School District (ISD) confirmed and reported two verified cases of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD). School district health professionals have consulted with Montgomery county health officials and are actively following up with the situation. To minimise the disease spread, New Caney ISD has put measures into place. Recommendations, such as maintaining good personal hygiene and avoiding contact with people infected with HFMD, have also been made by New Caney ISD Health Services to reduce the risk of infection.

Source: http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/east_montgomery/news/hand-foot-and-mouth-disease-cases-reported-at-new-caney/article_cde295b2-9aad-571b-8e47-ba35af38bc99.html (22 October 2015)

Outbreak of Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease reported at Princeton University

Nineteen students from Princeton University, have been reported to have hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) since September 17 this year. This was a large jump in numbers from last year when there was only one case of HFMD reported. The cause behind the outbreak at Princeton University was unclear. 

Source: http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2015/10/outbreak_of_hand_foot_and_mouth_disease_reported_a.html (20 October 2015)

New kit tests for HFMD in just 15 minutes!

(From left) Dr Tan Eng Lee, Dr Lin Zhaoru and Dr Kevin Koh are part of a team of six working to make the HFMD kit user-friendly so it can be sold in pharmacies eventually. 

A new kit which allows an easier and faster detection of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD), will go on clinical trial next year. It was invented by Dr Tan Eng Lee.

This kit uses and checks saliva sample instead of blood samples, making use of antibodies to bind to the virus of an infected person. It also shortens the time for detection, from a few hours to under 15 minutes. 

This kit works like a pregnancy test. When a saliva sample is tested and two red bands appear on the kit, it shows that the person has HFMD. 

The team is now working to make the kit user-friendly and they eventually hope that this kit can be sold in pharmacies. 

Source: http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/new-kit-tests-hfmd-just-15-minutes (10 October 2015)

HFMD Cases Near 2000 Mark in Manila

Cases of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) continues to increase this year in Manila.

The Department of Health (DOH) – Epidemiology Bureau in Manila reported that there are already 1867 HFMD cases recorded from 1 January 2015 to 19 September 2015. This number is about a 387.5% increase from the 383 cases reported over the same period in 2014, last year. 

Source: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/manila/local-news/2015/10/08/hfmd-cases-near-2000-mark-434665 (8 October 2015)