SINGAPORE: Weekly cases of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) are at their highest this year, according to figures released by the Health Ministry.
There were 1,109 cases of the viral infection in the week of September 22 to 28.
So far, about 21,000 cases have been reported this year. HFMD usually affects young children.
While a common symptom of the disease is mouth ulcers, paediatricians who have been treating this strain of HFMD are seeing more blisters on the body.
Dr Ang Ai Tin, a paediatrician at Thomson Paediatric Centre, said: "Presently, the virus strain distribution is a lot more on the limbs. We see them on the hands, feet, knees, buttocks, thighs and arms. The blisters are so much bigger."
Over the last four weeks, Dr Ang has seen the number of HFMD cases increasing. She treats about 10 patients a day.
She added this strain of the virus can also easily infect family members.
For example, an infected child with an open lesion can transmit the infection when sitting on furniture or touching other surfaces.
To minimise contact, doctors advise parents to have their children wear long sleeved clothing and to wash their hands when changing diapers. - CNA/fa
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