Jamaica reports hand, foot and mouth disease outbreak in schools

Hand_Foot_Mouth_toddler_african_americanKINGSTON, Jamaica, Tuesday September 29, 2015 – An outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease has been confirmed in Jamaican schools.

The South East Regional Authority says it’s closely monitoring cases in at least three schools in Kingston and St. Andrew and six schools in St. Catherine and health departments in the respective parishes have been working closely with the schools to minimize the spread of the disease.

The schools have also been given guidelines for the management of the disease and public health inspectors have been deployed to the schools to assess the situation.

Hand, foot and mouth disease is a viral illness common in infants and children. Symptoms include fevers and blister-like eruptions on the tongue, inside the cheek, poor appetite and sore throat.

There is no vaccine to protect against the viruses that cause the disease.

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