Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease Outbreak Hits Queen’s College


20 students at Queen’s College in Causeway Bay were infected with Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD). They developed oral ulcers, vesicles and rashes on their hands and feet. All are in stable condition and do not need hospitalization.

Source: https://www.hongkongfp.com/2015/12/17/hand-foot-and-mouth-disease-outbreak-hits-queens-college/ (17 December 2015)


HFMD Cases Swell Nationwide


Manila, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) reported a surge in the number of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease cases in the country during the past first 10 months of the year.

2801 cases were recorded nationwide from 1 January 2015 to 31 October 2015, up 536.59% from the 440 cases during the same period last year.

Source: http://www.mb.com.ph/hfmd-cases-swell-nationwide/ (8 December 2015)

China FDA Approves EV71 Vaccine, HFMD in Asia


The China Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that an enterovirus 71 inactivated vaccine (human diploid cell) is approved. This vaccine is designed by the Institute of Medical Biology, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences. 

The vaccine for children effectively reduce the cases of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD), in particular reducing the severe and fatal cases of the disease. It has shown a 97.3% protection rate against EV71 in clinical trials.

Source: http://outbreaknewstoday.com/china-fda-approves-ev71-vaccine-hfmd-in-asia-37311/ (7 December 2015)

Severe Pediatric Enterovirus 71 Infection Investigated in Hong Kong

Hong Kong health officials are investigating on a severe pediatric enterovirus 71 and an outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) at a secondary school in Eastern District. 

The patient is a 13 year old boy with good past health. He had symptoms of HFMD such as fever, sore throat, headache, stiff neck and rash since 7 November 2015. Apart from the patient, 12 other students aged 13 to 14, were infected with HFMD. 

As of 7 November 2015, there were 736 HFMD cases reported in 2015. This was an increase from 327 cases reported in the same period in 2014.

Source: http://outbreaknewstoday.com/severe-pediatric-enterovirus-71-infection-investigated-in-hong-kong-80427/ (25 November 2015)

Hong Kong Investigate HFMD in Kowloon Tong School

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is investigating an outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) at a primary school, Kowloon Tong School.

21 students, 16 boys and 5 girls, aged 6 to 10 years old, were infected with HFMD. They have developed fever, oral ulcers, rash on their hands and feet, since 23 October 2015. All are now in stable condition. 

Officers of CHP have advised the school staff on necessary infection control and preventive measures, as well as the public to maintain strict personal and environmental hygiene. 

Source: http://outbreaknewstoday.com/hong-kong-investigate-hfmd-in-kowloon-tong-school-hospital-admission-double-compared-to-2014/ (13 November 2015)

Chiang Rai Parents told to Safeguard their children against HFMD


Chiang Rai – The Department of Disease Control (DDC) reported more than 30,000 children in Thailand that have been diagnosed with Hand Foot & Mouth Disease (HFMD) this year during the period between the rainy season and winter. Out of the 30,000 cases, 3 were fatal. 

Due to this huge number and rise in HFMD cases, DDC urged parents and childcare centers to safeguard their children against infection by ensuring hygiene and seeking medical attention if HFMD symptoms are present. 

Source: http://www.chiangraitimes.com/chiang-rai-parents-told-to-safeguard-their-children-against-hfmd.html (6 November 2015)