The National Center for Epidemiology, Prevention and Control of Diseases (CDC Peru) of the Ministry of Health (MINSA), reports that in Peru between epidemiological week (EW) No. 1 to EW 24 of this year, 37 outbreaks of Hand, Foot, and Mouth disease (HFMD) with a cumulative 193 cases; and since EW 16 there has been an increase in notifications of outbreaks, mainly in educational institutions.
So far in 2023, 53% of the total cases have been reported in educational institutions in 6 regions (Amazonas, Junín, San Martin, Callao, Lima and Cusco) and 47% in the community. In this sense, 98% correspond to children under 5 years of age.
Currently, there are 14 active outbreaks in the regions of Arequipa, Junín, Lima and Ica.
The cases are characterized by: general malaise, fever, sore throat, as well as vesicles in the perioral cavity, palms and soles of the hands and feet.
Finally, HFMD is highly transmissible, therefore the CDC Peru recommends the following prevention measures:
– Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, coughing, and sneezing.
– Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, as this is a likely route of infection.
– Periodically clean and disinfect surfaces, such as door handles and children’s toys.
– Avoid contact with infected people.
– Avoid sharing personal items, including cutlery and dishes.
– Isolate the cases identified in the home from the date of onset of symptoms until their recovery (7 to 10 days).