The Department of Health Eastern Visayas Center for Health Development (DOH-EVCHD) is informing the public in a health advisory published this week about the continued occurrence of the Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (HFMD) in the region.
Based on the latest situational report of the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU), the region has already recorded a total of 116 HFMD cases from January 1, 2023 to February 25, 2023—a significant increase compared to the 22 cases reported during the same period last year.
The province of Leyte posted the highest number of cases, with majority of the infected being males, and spanning from infants to 17 years of age.
HFMD is a highly contagious viral disease often affecting infants and children. Most HFMD cases are mild, self-limiting, and non-fatal, but may progress to meningitis, encephalitis, and polio-like paralysis if left unmanaged. It is usually transmissible through contact with nose and throat discharges, the saliva of infected persons, and/or contaminated objects, However, it is important to note that the HFMD cannot be contracted from animals and should not be confused with the Foot-and-Mouth Disease in cattle, sheep, and swine.
Below are some of the signs, symptoms and preventive measures that the public can follow in managing this infectious disease:
Signs and Symptoms:
7. Loss of appetite.
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