Selangor had 6,748 HFMD patients.
As of May 7, Selangor had recorded 6,748 cases of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD), with the weekly number of cases exceeding the danger level.
Datuk Dr Sha’ari Ngadiman, state health director, claimed that 4% of the total were admitted to hospitals for further monitoring, while the rest received outpatient treatment. 118 HFMD clusters have been identified at the same time, with 95% of them involving nurseries or kindergartens as well as daycare centres. There have been no deaths reported.
Since the beginning of this year, Dr. Sha’ari said the sickness has been on the rise in the state, primarily among children under the age of seven.
According to him, 33% of cases were caused by the Coxsackie virus A16 (CA16), 22% by the Enterovirus 71 (EV71), and the rest were caused by other viruses.
According to Dr. Sha’ari, a total of 525 cases have been documented during the 18th Epidemiology Week (ME 18) this year, which is a 40% decrease from the previous ME. The reduction is thought to be due to the Hari Raya Aidilfitri holidays, when most childcare centres and educational institutions were closed. HFMD clusters, on the other hand, were not recorded within the same time period.